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Astrid Project / France ‘Drops Plans’ To Build Generation IV Prototype

By David Dalton
2 September 2019

France ‘Drops Plans’ To Build Generation IV Prototype
The Marcoule nuclear site in France. Photo courtesy CEA.
France’s nuclear agency has dropped plans to build a prototype Generation IV sodium-cooled fast breeder nuclear reactor known as Astrid, Le Monde newspaper reported.

The newspaper said the Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) would suspend the 600-MW Astrid FBR project, which was planned for CEA’s Marcoule nuclear site in southern France.

“In the current energy market situation, the industrial development of fourth-generation reactors is not planned before the second half of this century,” the CEA said, according to Le Monde.

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