.Do not panic: the ASN (since it is about it), yesterday, did not alert yesterday on the security of our power stations and ours, on radioactivity. Black on white, she writes on the contrary that our facilities are satisfactory from this point of view.
ASN warns against what it calls the “industrial” weaknesses of our fleet and our nuclear sector, for today and tomorrow.
To put it simply, the balance between electricity production and consumption is tight, it has not been so tight for a very long time, and ASN says to EDF and the public authorities: there is no question of being less Vigilant on safety, for example to extend power plants excessively, because we are at the limit in production, because we have (if I dare say in the literal and figurative sense) a welding problem.
The problem is known
Some reactors are stopped for a major upgrade (the large fairing), others for the overhaul every ten years, Fessenheim has closed, the Flamanville EPR is morbidly late, and now we have discovered corroded welds in other reactors.
In short, the bad news falls as in Gravelotte.
Under these conditions, the ASN does not believe that 12 reactors can be closed in 10 years, and is asking for a Marshall plan for the construction of a new park.
All in all, what puts us in an impasse is not nuclear power, it has been the back and forth on the subject for 15 years, and the “procrastination” of successive Presidents of the Republic. Procrastination: we will see later – the word is used by the president of the ASN, Bernard Doroszczuk.
There is nothing more false than the aphorism lent to Henri Queille under the IVth Republic, according to which (I quote) there is no problem that an absence of decision does not end up solving.
In reality, the question is clear: how do we manage between now, with an insufficient fleet in both senses of the term, and 2035 and 2040, when another generation of reactors is supposed to arrive?
And the answer?
We will probably have to do more renewables than expected
Yesterday, the Elysée confirmed to me that Emmanuel Macron will speak on the nuclear subject before the election – but it is very late.
In the meantime, all this is infuriating: this morning (and for 40 years), France emits between 2 and 4 times less CO2 to produce its electricity than its neighbors.