The Law on the Energy Transition for Green Growth ( LTECV ) published in the Official Journal of 18 August 2015, aims to prepare the post-oil era and to establish a robust and sustainable energy model. With regard to nuclear power, it has set itself the goal of reducing its share of electricity production to 50% by 2025. The nuclear part is currently around 75%, So about a third of the park that must be stopped to achieve this goal, about 19 reactors out of 58. A priori the oldest. However, the MOx fuel, which is used to recycle the plutonium extracted at the Orano reprocessing plant in La Hague, is used in the oldest reactors in the park. Stopping them by 2025 will have a huge impact on the activity of this plant and that of Melox, which manufactures the fuel. This deserves attention, especially when a national debate on the management plan for radioactive materials and waste is in preparation. According to the IRSN, the scenario that leads to the shutdown of 19 units of 900 MWe unit power and nuclear power generation lowered from 420 TWh to 305 TWh in 2025, leads to the saturation of the Hague pools. and nuclear reactors in less than 5 years after the first closure. All the nuclear fleet will have to stop because of intestinal obstruction after shutdown of less than 9 units using MOX! The results of the IRSN simulation confirm EDF’s conclusion.
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