Civaux Nuclear Power Plant

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Civaux Nuclear Power Plant
Civaux Nuclear Power Plant
Civaux Nuclear Power Plant is located in France
Civaux Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Civaux Nuclear Power Plant in France
Official name Centrale Nucléaire de Civaux
Country France
Location Civaux (Vienne)
Coordinates 46°27′24″N 0°39′10″E / 46.45667°N 0.65278°E / 46.45667; 0.65278Coordinates: 46°27′24″N 0°39′10″E / 46.45667°N 0.65278°E / 46.45667; 0.65278
Status Operational
Construction began 1988
Commission date 2002
Operator(s) EDF
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PWR
Reactor supplier Framatome
Power generation
Units operational 2 x 1561 MW
Make and model Alstom
Nameplate capacity 3,122 MW
Annual generation 21,458 GW·h
Site c/o EDF

The Civaux Nuclear Power Plant is located in the commune of Civaux (Vienne) at the edge of Vienne River between Confolens (55 km upstream) and Chauvigny (16 km downstream), and 34 km south-east of Poitiers.

It has two operating units that were the precursors to the European Pressurized Reactor, being the "N4 stage". Designed for a net power output of 1450 MWe per unit, power was uprated to 1495 MWe in 2003. Water from the Vienne River is used for cooling.

As of 2004, 692 people work at the plant, with 12.9% women.

The cooling towers of Civaux Nuclear Power Plant are 180 metres in height, making them the tallest cooling towers in France.


  • On May 12, 1998 there was a leak on an elbow in a pipe of the RCS. Water leaked out at the rate of 30 cubic meters per hour. It was classified as 2 on the INES scale.


Unit Type Net power Total power Construction start Construction finish Commercial operation Shut down
CIVAUX-1 PWR 1495 MW 1561 MW 1988/10/15 1997/12/24 2002/01/29
CIVAUX-2 PWR 1495 MW 1561 MW 1991/04/01 1999/12/24 2002/04/23

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