The board of French utility EDF has fended off government pressure to close its Fessenheim nuclear plant, agreeing a temporary face-saving deal that will see the issue postponed until after France’s presidential election this spring. On Tuesday the board of EDF, which is 85 per cent state owned, approved a €490m compensation package for the closure of Fessenheim — a deal agreed between EDF management and the French government in August. But EDF said the final green light to close the reactors would be made only once the government permits the company to continue building a new reactor at Flamanville, in northern France, and prolongs the life of the idle Paluel-2 reactor.
FT 24th Jan 2017 read more »
EDF has voted to begin the process of closing France’s oldest nuclear power station after pressure from Germany and a law capping the country’s reliance on atomic power. The French energy firm’s board approved plans on Tuesday to close the 39-year old Fessenheim plant in north-east France, near the German border, allaying fears that the company, which is 85%-state owned, would drag its heels until President François Hollande left office later this year. Hollande had promised in his manifesto to shut the site in an effort to build an alliance with the Green party. Fessenheim has also been the subject of complaints about safety from the German and Swiss governments. Unions said they were pleased that the plant, which had been slated for closure as early as 2016, would stay open for another year. “For us it’s a good decision. We consider it a victory because the closure has been delayed until 2018,” said Marie-Claire Cailletaud, a spokeswoman for the CGT union, which represents workers. Experts said that if the centre right won power from the Socialist-Green coalition in presidential elections this April, the target of reducing nuclear to 50% of electricity generation could be watered down.
Guardian 24th Jan 2017 read more »
France on Tuesday took a key step towards shutting down its oldest nuclear power station, a campaign promise of Socialist President Francois Hollande, just months before he leaves office. The board of state-owned electricity utility EDF approved a compensation package worth at least 400 million euros ($430 million) for the shutdown of the Fessenheim nuclear plant, a source close to the matter said.
France24 24th Jan 2017 read more »
The road will still be long and tortuous, but the closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant (Haut-Rhin) now seems inevitable. The board of directors of EDF approved on Tuesday January 24 the compensation agreement in exchange for the shutdown of the oldest power plant in France, commissioned in 1977. The electricity group will receive 490 million euros by 2021 from the state to offset the revenue losses of the two nuclear reactors. There is also a variable part to compensate for any shortfalls until 2041.
Le Monde 24th Jan 2017 read more »