Bugey Nuclear Power Plant
|Bugey Nuclear Power Plant|
Nuclear power station Bugey
|Commission date||April 15, 1972|
|Units operational||2 x 945 MW
2 x 917 MW
|Units decommissioned||1 x 555 MW|
The Bugey Nuclear Power Station is located in Bugey in the Saint-Vulbas commune (Ain), about 30 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.
Some of the cooling comes from direct use of the Rhône water (units 2 and 3) while some is done by the use of cooling towers (units 4 and 5).
In the last few years, the plant was modernized to updated earthquake resistance standards.
During the heat wave on July 20, 2003 waste heat water was piped into the Rhône, which is permitted in extreme cases, for about 2 hours and the maximum heat difference was 0.9 degrees Celsius. Again on July 30, 2003 water was directly discharged into the Rhône for 9 hours.
|Reactor Unit||Type||Average Output||Rated Power||Began construction||Finish construction||Commercial operation||Close of reactor|
|Bugey 1||Gas-cooled reactor||540 MW||555 MW||December 1, 1965||April 15, 1972||July 1, 1972||May 27, 1994|
|Bugey 2||PWR||910 MW||945 MW||November 1, 1972||May 10, 1978||March 1, 1979||2019 planned|
|Bugey 3||PWR||910 MW||945 MW||September 1, 1973||September 21, 1978||March 1, 1979||2019 planned|
|Bugey 4||PWR||880 MW||917 MW||June 1, 1974||March 8, 1979||July 1, 1979||2019 planned|
|Bugey 5||PWR||880 MW||917 MW||July 1, 1974||July 31, 1979||January 30, 1980||2020 planned|
- The French Nuclear Safety Authority (English)
- Power Reactor Information System from IAEA: "France (French Republic): Nuclear Power Reactors" (English)
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- INSC database: Bugey (English)