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
Cooling source Vienne River
Cooling towers 2
Power generation
Units operational 2 x 1561 MW
Make and model Alstom
Nameplate capacity 3,122 MW
Capacity factor 78.5%
Annual output 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 (60 km upstream) and Chauvigny (14 km downstream), and 44 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 1350 MWe per unit, power was uprated to 1360 MWe in 2010. Water from the Vienne River is used for cooling.

As of 2014, 582 people work at the plant, with 2.9% women.

The cooling towers of Civaux Nuclear Power Plant are 200 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 a INES level-2 event.
  • Civaux was a proposed target in the 1998 World Cup terror plot; it was planned that Armed Islamic Group terrorists would crash a hijacked aeroplane into the plant on 15 June 1998. The plot was foiled with a mass arrest of conspirators on 26 May.


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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