Penly Nuclear Power Plant

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Penly Nuclear Power Plant
Penly nuclear power plant and villages around - aerial view.JPG
Penly Nuclear Power Plant is located in France
Penly Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Penly Nuclear Power Plant
Official name Centrale Nucléaire de Penly
Country France
Location Dieppe, Seine-Maritime
Coordinates 49°58′36″N 01°12′43″E / 49.97667°N 1.21194°E / 49.97667; 1.21194Coordinates: 49°58′36″N 01°12′43″E / 49.97667°N 1.21194°E / 49.97667; 1.21194
Status Operational
Construction began 1982
Commission date 4 May 1990 (1990-05-04)
Operator(s) EDF
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PWR
Reactor supplier Framatome
Cooling source English Channel
Power generation
Units operational 2 × 1382 MW
Make and model Alstom
Units cancelled 1 × 1650 MW
Nameplate capacity 2764 MW
Capacity factor 80.2%
Annual net output 19,418 GW·h
Site c/o Betreibers

The Penly Nuclear power station (French: Centrale nucléaire de Penly) is found some 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of Dieppe. It lies on the border of two French municipalities: Penly and Saint-Martin-en-Campagne in the département of Seine-Maritime, Normandy, on the English Channel coast. It employs France's only working funicular railway in industrial use.


The plant employs about 670 people full-time and is owned and operated by the French company Électricité de France (EDF). Water from the English Channel is used for cooling.

The two PWR units are of the 1330 MWe class. The installed total output is 2764 MW, which means the plant is about average for French nuclear plants. It feeds on average about 18 billion kilowatt-hours per year into the public grid, corresponding to about 80% of the current annual consumption of Normandy. It is about ten kilometres from Dieppe.

Proposed third reactor[edit]

In January 2009, the French government announced that a third reactor, the second French EPR reactor, would be built in Penly. Construction was announced for 2012 with connection to the grid following in 2017. GDF Suez was to own a part of the plant, with the majority taken by EdF.[1] However in 2010 GDF Suez withdrew from the project.[2] In 2011, following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, EdF postponed public consultations putting in doubt the 2012 construction start date.[3] In February 2013, the Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg stated that the plans for a new EPR reactor at Penly had been canceled, citing the capacity for electricity production and massive investments in renewable energy along with his confidence in the EPR as a competitive project in foreign countries.[4][5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

9 June 2004 - Weakly radioactive water was leaked into the sea from the reserve tank of a reactor's secondary circuit.[6]

11 October 2011 - A subcontractor employee had localised contamination on his face.[7]

5 April 2012 - 10 Fire engines attended a small fire within a reactor building. The operating company later reported two small oil fires inside the reactor building from a leaking oil pipe were extinguished with nobody hurt and no environmental impact. The detection of smoke caused the reactor to be automatically shut down.[8][9]

6 April 2012 - As a consequence of the incident of 5 April 2012 a joint had leaked radioactive water into collection tanks inside the reactor building.[10] The incident was classified as 1 (lowest) on the 7 point International Nuclear Event Scale.[11]


  1. ^ New French nuclear to include oil interest
  2. ^ Peggy Hollinger (23 September 2010). "GDF Suez pulls out of key reactor project". Financial Times. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "France says Penly reactor on course despite delays". Reuters. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pas d'EPR à la centrale de Penly" [No EPR at the Penly power plant]. BFM TV (in French). 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Montebourg enterre l'EPR de Penly" [Montebourg buries the Penly EPR]. (in French). 2013-03-03. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  6. ^ "Rejets faiblement radioactifs en mer". ASN (in French). 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Contamination externe au visage d'un agent lors d'une intervention dans le batiment du réacteur n° 1". ASN (in French). 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  8. ^ "Fire at nuclear reactor in France". BBC. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  9. ^ "EDF: Nuclear Reactor In France Halted Automatically After Fire". Dow Jones Newswires. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-05. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Radioactive leak at France's Penly plant after fires break out". rfi. 2012-04-06. 
  11. ^ "Centrale nucléaire de Penly Evènements". EDF. 2012-04-06. 

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