Centrale nucléaire de Belleville (Cher) - France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 47° 30.659 E 002° 52.110
31T E 490098 N 5261958
Quick Description: [FR] La centrale est situé sur la rive gauche de la Loireau nord-est du département du Cher. [EN] The Belleville Nuclear Power Plant is located in Belleville-sur-Loire (Cher) and consists of two large 1,300 MW P4 nuclear reactors.
Location: Centre-Val-de-Loire, France
Date Posted: 8/17/2014 10:39:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMM9FR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
[FR] Le CNPE de Belleville-sur-Loire, comporte deux unités de la filière Réacteur à eau pressurisée (REP) de 1 300 mégawatts (MW) chacune, dont les travaux de construction ont eu lieu entre 1979 et 1988.

La centrale nucléaire de Belleville-sur-Loire est certifiée ISO 14001 depuis 2004.

[EN] Its cooling water comes from the Loire River. The site spans 170 hectares and is located on a flood-safe, 4.6-meter-high platform. Each year it produces an average of 19 billion kilowatt hours fed to the electricity grid, and thus covers about four percent of French electricity production.

With the construction of the first reactor was started on May 1, 1980, and it began operation October 14, 1987. The second unit started construction August 1, 1980 and began operation July 6, 1988. The shutdown of the reactors is planned for the years 2028 and 2029 for unit 1 and 2.

In May 2001 construction-related defects were observed in this plant, along with four other sites.

The emergency cooling system of the two-phase nuclear power plant has a reserve water tank at the bottom of the reactor building. In the event of a defect in the primary cooling circuit that causes it to no longer contribute to cooling, the water from the reserve tank is automatically fed into the cooling system. Inspections in May 2001 showed, however, that this automatic feeding of the water was unreliable, because under some circumstances the pressure of the heated water may block the water slide.

The French nuclear regulatory authority ASN initially classified this disruption of the emergency cooling systems as stage 1 on the international scale of nuclear events (INES), but later assigned it the stage 2 classification. The operating company EDF then built the slider so that excess pressure can no longer lead to a blockage.
Operational: Yes

Visitor Center: Yes

Year Built: 10/14/1987

Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Retired: Not listed

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