Reactor 1 of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant is to be shut down overnight from Friday to Saturday. It will be the first of a long series: France is thus launching its dismantling policy which provides for the closure of 14 reactors. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the French energy mix, from 70% currently to 50% by 2035.
The closure decision dates back to the previous five years, after an alliance contract between Francois Hollande and environmentalists and in a context marked by the explosion of the Fukushima plant in Japan. Today, a number of EDF agents are upwind against the shutdown of the reactor and plan to oppose it on Friday evening.
The disconnection of the first Fessenheim reactor launches France’s new nuclear policy and raises questions about the future of the sector, whereas, planned to replace the current French nuclear fleet, the new generation EPR reactor took a lot of it to delay. No decision is expected on a possible new order before the end of the five-year term, the government preferring to be sure that the technology really works.