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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2016 12:03 am 

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Just saw this article: ... 22966.html

I see an implication that the coal will be replaced with nuclear here:
France is already a world leader in low-carbon energy. The country has invested heavily in nuclear power over the past few decades and now derives more than 75 per cent of its electricity from nuclear fission. It produces so much nuclear energy, in fact, that it exports much of it to nearby nations, making around £2.5 billion each year.

But I see another article that gives a different impression. ... ining.html

Provence Power Station is an 868 MW coal-fired power station at Gardanne, France. It has a 300 metre tall chimney, which is the tallest in France. It is owned and operated by E.ON. It is going to be backfitted into a wood-fired powerstation.

If the plan is to burn wood for electricity then I am disappointed in them. As this announcement was just made today, and with little details, it is possible the stance on how they plan to meet this goal could still be clarified.

Disclaimer: I am an engineer but not a nuclear engineer, mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, or industrial engineer. My education included electrical, computer, and software engineering.

PostPosted: Nov 18, 2016 7:18 am 

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At the moment France has about a third of its reactors out of action, while the safety administration checks the pressure vessels and steam generators for areas of the steel which might have carbon content up to about 4%, instead of the prescribed 2%. Éléctricité de France claims they are safe, Greenpeace's favourite consultant engineer says they're not. Last year it was microscopic cracks in a couple of Belgian reactors, which were eventually judged to be not dangerous, after a long outage. Meanwhile France is still getting three quarters of its power from nuclear, but its normal exports have pretty much stopped, and there might be problems ahead as winter gets colder. ... -security/
France would have got rid of coal thirty years ago if there hadn't been such determined, and violent, protests against building reactors in Brittany and the Loire area. They couldn't leave such a large gap in their network, so a couple of massive coal plants were built.

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PostPosted: May 24, 2017 5:53 pm 

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"France's EDF denies report of 'secret plan' to delay scaling back nuclear power"

I would say there's nothing secret about it. This 'secret plan' is very realistic, because it is almost mathematically (and financially) impossible to scale back nuclear power in France to 50% by 2025. The French blogger Thibault Laconde has written some interesting articles on this topic in the run-up to the French presidential elections (for those who can read French or for those who would like to use Google Translate):

http://energie-developpement.blogspot.c ... rance.html

http://energie-developpement.blogspot.c ... e-enr.html

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