Nogent Nuclear Power Plant

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Nogent Nuclear Power Plant
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Nuclear Power Plant Nogent
Official nameCentrale Nucléaire de Nogent
CountryFrance
LocationNogent-sur-Seine
Coordinates48°30′55″N 03°31′04″E / 48.51528°N 3.51778°E / 48.51528; 3.51778Coordinates: 48°30′55″N 03°31′04″E / 48.51528°N 3.51778°E / 48.51528; 3.51778
StatusOperational
Construction began1981
Commission dateOctober 21, 1987 (October 21, 1987)
Operator(s)EDF
Nuclear power station
Reactor typePWR
Reactor supplierFramatome
Cooling sourceSeine River
Cooling towers2 × Natural Draft
Power generation
Units operational2 × 1363 MW
Make and modelAlstom
Nameplate capacity2726 MW
Capacity factor81.0%
Annual net output19,331 GW·h
Website
www.edf.com
Aerial view
The plant as seen from an airliner en route to Paris

The Nogent Nuclear Power Plant is located in the French commune of Nogent-sur-Seine, on the right bank of the Seine, in the west of the Aube department. It is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) to the west of Troyes and 120 kilometres (75 mi) south-east of Paris.

The plant houses two reactors each of 1300 MWe and the site has a total area of 100 hectares. Each reactor has its own cooling tower 165 metres (541 ft) high.

It produces about a third of the yearly electricity consumption of Île-de-France and employs around 700 regular workers.

Events[edit]

  • A fire drill on October 2, 2001 by the Nuclear Safety Authority of France confirmed that it took about 50 minutes between the time of the drill the time the second team responded.
  • On September 30, 2005, water was accidentally sprayed on electrical cabinets; the reactor was automatically stopped. Nobody was injured and there were no radiation releases. It was classified as level 1 on the INES scale.[1]

On December 5, 2011, nine Greenpeace anti-nuclear activists cut through a fence at the Nogent Nuclear Power Plant. They scaled the roof of the domed reactor building and unfurled a "Safe Nuclear Doesn't Exist" banner before attracting the attention of security guards. Two activists remained at large for four hours.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nuclear Safety Authority press release (in French)
  2. ^ Tara Patel (December 16, 2011). "Breaches at N-plants heighten France's debate over reactors". Seattle Times.