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GIFEN interviewed by the Fact-Finding Mission to monitor the closure of the Fessenheim power plant

  • 23.11.2020

On Thursday 19 November, GIFEN was auditioned by the Fact-Finding Mission on the follow-up of the closure of the Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant. Composed of 21 deputies, this Mission intends to work on the "after-closure", i.e. the economic, environmental, social and financial consequences of the closure, both at local and national level, and on the future of the power plant site itself (dismantling of the installations, waste treatment, possible reassignment of the site to new activities, etc.)

Dismantling is no substitute for the maintenance, extension and renewal of the existing nuclear power plants

GIFEN was represented by its General Delegate Cécile Arbouille, accompanied by three industrial members of GIFEN with a good knowledge of the stakes and reality of dismantling: Christophe Bruneel, Managing Director of Robatel Industries, Henri-Guillaume Gueydan, President of Albatros, and Bruno Lancia, Managing Director of Nuvia.

This hearing was an opportunity for GIFEN, not only because it allowed it to present its activity and its raison d'être, but above all because GIFEN was able to express a clear position on dismantling on behalf of the sector.

Thus, although the French nuclear industry is competent in the field of decommissioning, it is not and cannot be, for the French nuclear industry, a solution for the future. The activities generated by decommissioning are disproportionate, in terms of the number and qualification of jobs, but also in terms of profitability for companies, with the activity generated by the maintenance of existing nuclear installations, work to extend the life of existing plants, and new projects.

Today, under the aegis of GIFEN, the sector is working on its transformation along all the lines mentioned in the sector contract. It is now on the right track, and a certain number of very important projects are underway, notably on skills, with the creation of an EDEC programme which should enable the sector to maintain its skills and ensure the durability of the sector-specific training courses, but also on digital transformation, with the launch of digital performance factor tools for the sector's companies.

These transformation actions are carried out with one essential objective in mind: the renewal of the French nuclear fleet. However, all nuclear industry activities will be impacted by these transformations, both maintenance and decommissioning activities.

It is through the renewal of the fleet, i.e. the construction of several reactors one after the other, that the French nuclear industry will be able to remain sustainable. The renewal of the fleet will enable France to meet its commitments and objectives in terms of decarbonation, while ensuring the production of continuous, low-cost electricity and guaranteeing full supply sovereignty.

Pictures : EDF-Alexandre Simonet

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