Bugey Nuclear Power Plant

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Bugey Nuclear Power Plant
Bugey Nuclear Power Plant
Bugey Nuclear Power Plant is located in France
Bugey Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Bugey Nuclear Power Plant in France
Country France
Coordinates 45°47′54″N 5°16′15″E / 45.79833°N 5.27083°E / 45.79833; 5.27083Coordinates: 45°47′54″N 5°16′15″E / 45.79833°N 5.27083°E / 45.79833; 5.27083
Construction began 1964
Commission date April 15, 1972
Owner(s) EDF
Operator(s) EDF
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PWR
Power generation
Units operational 2 x 945 MW
2 x 917 MW
Units decommissioned 1 x 555 MW
Nameplate capacity 3724 MW
Capacity factor 78.6%
Annual gross output 25,654 GW·h
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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.

The site houses 4 currently operating units, all being pressurized water reactors. The 5th reactor (unit 1) is currently being dismantled. It was the last UNGG reactor built in the world.

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).

Seismic activity[edit]

According to reports from the Autorité de sûreté nucléaire,[1] some safety functions may not be provided in the event of an earthquake. The area is not known for its seismic activity.

In the last few years, the plant was modernized to updated earthquake resistance standards.

Heat dumping[edit]

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 units[edit]

Reactor Unit[2] Type Average Output Rated Power Began construction Finish construction Commercial operation Close of reactor
Bugey 1 UNGG
540 MW 555 MW December 1, 1965 April 15, 1972 July 1, 1972 May 27, 1994
Bugey 2 CP0 (PWR) 910 MW 945 MW November 1, 1972 May 10, 1978 March 1, 1979 2019 planned
Bugey 3 CP0 (PWR) 910 MW 945 MW September 1, 1973 September 21, 1978 March 1, 1979 2019 planned
Bugey 4 CP0 (PWR) 880 MW 917 MW June 1, 1974 March 8, 1979 July 1, 1979 2019 planned
Bugey 5 CP0 (PWR) 880 MW 917 MW July 1, 1974 July 31, 1979 January 30, 1980 2020 planned


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