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  • Blog Post: French Regulator Warns EDF Plant Extensions Are Not "A Given"

    This is the equivalent of a show of resistance -- if not exactly a revolt -- in the parking lot of a retirement home, which happens to be in Paris, France. French nuclear power giant Electricite de France SA said it would seek to extend the lives of most of its aging power plants, including the Dungeness...
  • Blog Post: French Energy Minister Calls For New NPPs To Replace Aging Facilities

    French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said Tuesday that it was time to consider replacing the country's aging nuclear power plants with newer facilities. With the industry at a post-Fukushima Daiichi crossroads, the comments sent stock markets a signal that France does not intend to retreat entirely...
  • Blog Post: England Expected To Cancel $30.2B Contract For Sellafield Clean Up

    England is expected to announced Tuesday that it will fire a consortium of British, French and American companies from cleanup work at the Sellafield nuclear facility in Cumbria in the northwest of the country, canceling their $30.2 billion decommissioning contract. The decision to “ax”...
  • Blog Post: Westinghouse Electric, EDF Sign Fuel Supply Deal

    Westinghouse Electric Company and nuclear plant operator Electricite de France (EDF) said Thursday they had signed a long-term contract for the U.S. firm to supply “several thousand tons” of reactor fuel to be used in French power facilities. Westinghouse, under the terms of the deal,...
  • Blog Post: Areva Blames Delays For Financial Woes

    French nuclear power giant Areva's announcement this week that it was suspending its financial goals for 2015 and 2016 was met with an investor pullback, as stock prices plunged 16 percent on Wednesday. Adding to the company's woes, frequent atomic power partner Elecricite de France (EDF) said...
  • Blog Post: France And Bolivia Sign Nuclear Energy Cooperation Pacts

    Bolivia's Hydrocarbons and Energy Ministry said Wednesday that the country had signed letters of cooperation with France's Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission. The letters of intent cover nuclear technology. They also cover the lithium industry and alternative energy technologies...
  • Blog Post: EDF Pushes Back Start For Flamanville EPR

    French power giant Electricite de France SA (EDF) announced on Tuesday it had pushed back its third-generation pressurized water (EPR) nuclear plant start date in Flamanville to 2017 due to delayed components expected from infrastructure firm Areva. Construction on the plant began in 2007 and it has...
  • Blog Post: Drone Flyovers in France Remain Unexplained

    A series of drone flights over French nuclear power plants remains unexplained as three persons detained near a power plant south of Paris were reportedly caught up in the affair, like a deliberately misleading plot turn in a movie. The three were described in the media as “twenty-somethings”...
  • Blog Post: EDF Says Unidentified Drones Have Been Buzzing Nuclear Plants

    European media was abuzz Thursday with news that French power giant EDF had reported unidentified drones had flown over seven nuclear power plants in the month of October. An air force spokesman said the drones were small sized and available commercially and were not considered a threat. But suspicion...
  • Blog Post: Europe At Post-Fukushima Crossroad

    Less than a week after the European Commission decided financing and pricing guarantees for the Hinkley Point power plant in Britain did not constitute an illegal subsidy, headlines show Europe remains embroiled in post-Fukushima debates over the risks and merits of nuclear power. Austria has been...
  • Blog Post: Radiation-Resistant Algae Studied for Waste Treatment

    Scientists in France are studying algae discovered in a nuclear facility for its potential to decontaminate radioactive liquids. The species of micro-alga called Coccomyxa actinabiotis can survive radiation doses up to 20 kilograys. Microorganisms are frequently used in systems that treat industrial...
  • Blog Post: Dozens of Protestors Invade Grounds of French Nuclear Plant

    Greenpeace activists staged yet another demonstration on the grounds of a European nuclear facility Tuesday, overtopping fences and climbing onto the roof of the Fessenheim plant in France. According to the organization's blog, about 60 people from several countries entered plant grounds. They hung...
  • Blog Post: Video: EPR Reactor Vessel Shipped to New Nuclear Plant in France

    Areva recently delivered the reactor pressure vessel for the first Generation III+ nuclear plant in France. The 1,650 megawatt EPR unit at Flamanville is expected to come online in 2016. According to an Areva release, construction work at the site is more than 95 percent finished, and the RPV will be...
  • Blog Post: French Prime Minister Calls for International Emergency Task Force, More Oversight of Nuclear Plants

    On Monday French Prime Minister Francois Fillon implored the international community to create a “rapid intervention system” backed with equipment and expertise to react to severe nuclear accidents anywhere in the world. While speaking at a nuclear plant in France, he also called for an international...
  • Blog Post: AREVA And Jordan's JAEC Ink Historical Nuclear Power And Mining Agreement

    This recent agreement paves the way for a long-term partnership between AREVA and JAEC in the development of Jordan’s nuclear power generation program - By Stephen Heiser - His Excellency Mr Abu Hammour, Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Jordan, His Excellency Dr Khaled Toukan, Chairman...
  • Blog Post: Striking EDF Workers Cut Power to Five Nuclear Stations

    French labor strike cuts 9,700 MW in nuclear capacity-CGT By Jack Bryar According to a report by Reuters a 24-hour power strike in the French nuclear sector on Thursday had cut 9,700 megawatts (MW), or 15.33 percent of the nuclear capacity by 9:00 AM GMT. A CGT union official told Reuters that...
  • Blog Post: AREVA Inks Contract For The Supply Of MOX Fuel To Hokkaido Electric

    Under the terms of the contract, the fuel will be fabricated at AREVA’s MELOX plant in southern France, using plutonium recovered from the treatment operations performed at the group’s La Hague plant, thereby recycling it to be used in Japan as MOX fuel - By Stephen Heiser - AREVA has...
  • Blog Post: Paris hosts International Conference On Simpler Access To Civil Nuclear Power

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on experienced developed countries and related international organizations to provide financial and technological aid to boost the global expansion of nuclear energy - By Chris Smith - France this week hosted The International Conference On Access To Civil...
  • Blog Post: AREVA Announces 21.8% Growth In Nuclear Last Year

    2008 revenue: +10.4% to 13.2 billion euros - By Linton Levy - AREVA's backlog stood at 48.2 billion euros as of December 31, 2008, for 21.1% growth year-on-year, including 21.8% growth in Nuclear and 16.5% growth in Transmission & Distribution. • The Nuclear backlog came to 42.5...
  • Blog Post: French Nuclear Plants Stable After Fire, Non-Nuclear Steam Leak

    Two French nuclear plants are in safe condition after a turbine-hall fire Monday and a non-nuclear steam leak the day before. EDF workers discovered a fire in the turbine of Bugey unit 5 Monday afternoon, the Express newspaper reported. The reactor near Lyon shut down, and plant owner EDF reported that...
  • Blog Post: AREVA: French Nuclear Safety Authority is Launching the Safety Option’s Review Of the ATMEA1TM Reactor

    The objective of this review, which will be conducted with the support of the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), is to evaluate the reactor’s safety options against French safety regulations - By Stephen Heiser - ATMEA* announced the signature of an agreement...
  • Blog Post: Regulators: French Nuclear Plants Safe but Need Upgrades

    In their post-Fukushima review of reactors’ emergency preparedness, French regulatory agencies said their country’s plants are safe but should be made more so by enhancing a number of safety systems. On Thursday, the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire gave...
  • Blog Post: U.S. And India Hold Talks On Reprocessing Of Spent Fuel

    Significant step for nuclear deal; consultations expected to be over in 2 months - By Abby Gessner - According to a report in The Hindu: India and the U.S. have completed the first round of consultations on ‘arrangements and procedures’ for reprocessing of spent fuel of American origin...
  • Blog Post: Rosatom Rejects Stories Of Siberian Open-Air Nuclear Waste Storage

    The story on an open-air nuclear waste site in Russia was run on Monday by France's Liberation newspaper and the Reuters news agency - Edited by April Murelio - According to a report in RIA Novosti, Russia's state-controlled civilian nuclear energy corporation Rosatom has rejected on French...
  • Blog Post: AREVA Acquires PN ROTOR

    Nuclear company makes wind investment - By Stephen Heiser - AREVA has signed an agreement to acquire PN Rotor GmbH, a German manufacturer of high-performance rotor blades for offshore wind turbines from Prokon Nord Energiesysteme GmbH. With this strategic acquisition, AREVA strengthens its competitiveness...