FRANCE’S BUGEY NPP REACTOR 5 BACK TO OPERATIONS
French utility company EDF said that the reactor number 5 of the Bugey nuclear power plant has resumed after almost two years of stoppage to repair its containment. This section of the power plant, which has been shut down since August 27, 2015, is reconnected to the grid and full power will be Progressive and stepwise “. The reactor is currently operating at a reduced capacity and will be brought to full power (880 MW) from July 30, according to data provided by EDF and published on the website of the manager of the high voltage electricity grid RTE.
During a decennial survey carried out in 2011, ASN, the French nuclear safety authority had noted a high leakage rate of the reactor containment 5 of the plant. In December 2014, it then prescribed the performance of a new test of the enclosure which, in August of the following year, revealed a degradation of the leaktightness of the metallic coating of the enclosure which makes it possible to confine radioactive substances in the event of an accident.
The Bugey Nuclear Power Plant is located in Bugey in the Saint-Vulbas commune (Ain), about 65 km from the Swiss border. The site occupies 100 hectares. It is on the edge of the Rhône River, from where it gets its cooling water, and is about 30 km upstream from Lyon. About 1,200 people work at the site. (Source: EDF – Image: SeeSchloss)