French nuclear power plant in Fessenheim disabled

France and Germany opened near a closed nuclear power plant in Fessenheim Technopark, which will keep jobs in the region.

The oldest nuclear plant in France stopped working. The second – and last – NPP Fessenheim in the Alsace region near the border with Germany was cut off late on Monday evening, June 29. This was announced by the French energy company EDF.

Thus, the authorities went to meet multi-year requirements of Germany and Switzerland, insisted on the discontinuance of nuclear power plants. In Germany, in particular, pointed to the frequent failures of the station and the possible threat of aftershocks in the Upper Rhine valley, where seismic activity remains at low magnitude.

Decommissioning of nuclear reactor will begin in 2025 and is expected to continue until 2040. Paris has promised to pay not less than 446 million euros in compensation for the closure of the station against which was sharply made by the trade unions. They, in particular, feared that the work will lose hundreds of people. Germany and France managed to find a compromise solution in the region will be open Technopark, which provided 1 million euros.

The first nuclear reactor was turned off on February 22. Initially to stop the operation of nuclear power plants were planned till the end of 2016. The reactors of the nuclear power plant was launched in 1977.

Note that in the framework of the national environmental program of transition to renewable energy sources France will stop 14 nuclear reactors by 2035.

Source: Russian service of DW