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France's EDF has presented a plan - referred to as excell - that aims to drive the country's nuclear industry to achieve "the highest standards of craftsmanship, quality and excellence". The plan will be launched next year, with EUR100 million (USD112 million) earmarked for 2020-2021.

Date: Tuesday, 17 December 2019
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France’s EDF has delayed the restart of unit 2 at its Cruas nuclear plant until 5 December while the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN)  continues a safety investigation following the 11 November earthquake.

Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019
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France's EDF said today it will exercise an option to sell its 49.99% stake in Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG), its joint venture with US utility Exelon. CENG owns five nuclear power reactors at three sites in the USA.

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019
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EDF has cut its forecast for nuclear energy production this year after suspending operations at the three units of the Cruas nuclear plant in the Ardeche region following an earthquake on 11 November.

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019
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French power company EDF estimates construction of six new-generation EPR nuclear reactors in the next 15 years would cost at least €46 billion ($51 billion) if the government decides to build them, French newspaper Le Monde reported on 9 November.

Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019
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The French government on 28 October gave EDF a month to draw up plans to tackle skills shortages and other problems which ministers believe have delayed nuclear projects and damaged the reputation of the nuclear industry.

Date: Friday, 01 November 2019
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French nuclear fuel company Orano on 22 October signed a €100 million ($111m) contract with EDF to supply services for the NPPs at Paluel (Seine Maritime), Civaux (Vienne) and Gravelines (Nord) until 2024, with an option of two additional years. In partnership with the companies Samsic and ARIS, Orano teams will be responsible for all industrial logistics to support operation of reactors on the Paluel and Civaux sites: radiation protection, waste management and conditioning, equipment management, etc. At the Gravelines NPP, Orano will work with ARIS to install and remove thermal insulators and scaffolding at four of the site's six reactors, during maintenance and nuclear fuel replacement phases. At peak times, services on the three sites will call on the skills of up to 350 employees from Orano DS, an Orano Group entity specialised in providing services to operational nuclear sites and those undergoing decommissioning. Samsic is a Brittany-based, family-owned group which started as a cleaning business and now offers a range of services dedicated to facility management and human resources with operations in  25 countries. ARIS is a family-run business located  near Le Havre, which operates in four key sectors - energy, civilian shipping, military shipping and the industrial sector.

Date: Friday, 25 October 2019
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French utility EDF has awarded a contract worth almost EUR100 million (USD111 million) to Orano to provide services to its Paluel, Civaux and Gravelines nuclear power plants. The contract runs until 2024, with an option for two additional years.

Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019
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French utility EDF has applied to shut down Fessenheim unit 1 on 22 February and unit 2 on 30 June next year. The announcement confirms last week's statement from Secretary of State for Ecological and Solidarity Transition Emmanuelle Wargon that France's oldest nuclear power plant would close by mid-2020.

Date: Wednesday, 02 October 2019
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Unit 2 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has entered commercial operation, becoming the second EPR reactor to do so. The milestone was achieved on 7 September, following statutory functional testing of continuous operation at full power for 168 hours, which started on 30 August, EDF said. This step marks the achievement of all prerequisite conditions for the second reactor's safe operation just nine months after unit 1 was commissioned, it added.

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
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