France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has approved extending the lifetime of the country’s oldest nuclear reactors for a further 10 years. Electricity operator EDF will be in charge of improving the safety of the 900 MWe plants, which were intended to run for 40 years but will now run for 50. The reactors in question are the oldest of the French fleet, having been commissioned in the early 1980s. Approval for their continued service comes with several conditions, including that improvements be made to ensure that radioactivity remains confined in the event of an accident.
RFI 25th Feb 2021 read more »
The risks of extending the operating life of EDF’s 900 MW reactors. Report of the study on the risks of extending the operating life beyond 40 years of EDF’s 32 reactors with 900 MW of electrical power, carried out on the basis of the draft ASN investigation report on the generic phase of the fourth periodic review of the 900 MW reactors. This study was carried out for the attention of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST). This study provides a better understanding of the challenges of the ASN decision of 23 February 2021 (n ° 2021-DC-076) setting EDF the requirements applicable to the 32 reactors of 900 MW in operation, as well as the deadlines for their application, in view of the conclusions of the generic phase of their 4th periodic review.
Global Chance 26th Feb 2021 read more »