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EDF shuts down France’s oldest nuclear reactor 30 June 2020

EDF has announced that the second reactor at Fessenheim nuclear power plant in France was shut down on June 29. The plant's first reactor was closed at the end of February. The decision to close France’s oldest nuclear plant has been praised by environmentalists, but there are concerns that the closure will have a negative impact on the local economy....

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EDF given notice to protect French nuclear plant from risk of external explosion 12 June 2020

France's nuclear safety authority (ASN) served a formal notice to EDF on June 4 relating to the Gravelines nuclear power plant. ASN has told EDF that work is required on five of Gravelines’ six reactors so that they are protected against the risk of an external explosion at the nearby Dunkirk LNG terminal....

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France may close next two nuclear reactors earlier than expected 23 January 2020

A French government consultation document has shown that France could shut its next two nuclear reactors in 2025-2026, much sooner than the expected 2027-2028 closure date. Reuters reports that the document said if market conditions relating to electricity prices and the evolution of European electricity are met, then the next closures would be brought forward....

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EDF shuts down nuclear plant after strong earthquake in southern France 12 November 2019

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake centred in the southern Ardeche department on November 11 has caused French electricity utility EDF to shut down three reactors at its Cruas nuclear power station and run checks at the Tricastin nuclear plant and facility....

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Environment minister says France could scrap nuclear and pursue 100% renewable power strategy 22 October 2019

French Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne said on October 21 that the country had yet to decide whether to build any new nuclear reactors and could yet pursue a long-term strategy of 100% renewable energy....

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France's EDF now says new-generation Flamanville reactor will cost four times original estimate 09 October 2019

French state-controlled utility EDF raised by 1.5 billion euros ($1.6 billion) the costs estimated for the long-delayed Flamanville nuclear plant it is building in northern France....

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EDF forced to cut generation at nuclear power plants due to heat and low river levels 23 July 2019

The heatwave across France this week will exacerbate drought conditions that have led to water restrictions in 73 departments - and the continued arid spell is affecting electricity production....

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French regulator to maintain enhanced monitoring of EDF Belleville nuclear power plant 17 April 2019

France’s ASN nuclear regulator said on April 17 it was maintaining its close supervision of state electricity utility EDF’s 2,600 MW Belleville nuclear power plant, despite some improvements in safety at the plant. ASN placed the plant under enhanced supervision in September 2017 after detecting a deterioration in safety levels since 2016....

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News Extra: France to close 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 - Macron 03 December 2018

President Emmanuel Macron said on November 27 that France would shut down 14 of the 58 nuclear reactors currently in operation by 2035, of which six will be closed by 2028. The total includes the previously announced shutdown of France's two oldest reactors in Fessenheim, eastern France, which Macron said was now set for summer 2020....

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EDF increases cost estimate for Flamanville reactor after factoring in repairs for quality deficiencies 25 July 2018

France’s state electricity generator Electricite De France (EDF) has put the cost of repairing recently discovered flaws at the new EPR reactor being built at Flamanville in Normandy at 400 million euros ($468 million). This takes the total cost of the project to 10.9 billion euros, more than three times its original budget....