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Technical Visits

Technical visits (optionnal) are organised on

October, 18th 2018

You will have the choice between:

  • ORANO : La Hague: retreatment facility in Normandy
  • EDF : Superphénix, 1200 MW fast breeder currently being dismantled (TBC)
  • ITER : Construction site at Cadarache, will be the first fusion reactor to produce net energy

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Please check your Train Tickets!

See below for train information.

Important: For the technical visits, the organization team does NOT provide train tickets.

 

ORANO : La Hague site on the cutting edge of used fuel recycling

About ORANO / La Hague site

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The La Hague site is a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at La Hague on the Cotentin Peninsula in northern France. Operated by Areva NC, formerly COGEMA (Compagnie générale des matières atomiques), La Hague has nearly half of the world’s light water reactor spent nuclear fuel reprocessing capacity. It has been in operation since 1976, and has a capacity of about 1700 tonnes per year. It extracts plutonium which is then recycled into MOX fuel at the Marcoule site.

 

Ever since its beginnings in the 1950s and 1960s, the nuclear industry has had to ponder the question of used fuel management. With the creation of la Hague treatment plant in 1966, the French nuclear industry acquired a sustainable solution for meeting this need. The la Hague site has evolved over the years and is now – as it has always been – the global benchmark in the field of treatment, a vital step in recycling.

25% natural uranium saving

300 hectares

32000 metric tons of used fuel treated since site creation

Today, the la Hague treatment site is the world leader in the field of used fuel recycling and has strong international business. In addition to the volumes treated, it is a model of technology for a number of countries as well as a place of constant innovation

 

Indicative program of the visit (to be confirmed)

11:00 Arrival at the site
11:15 Presentation of La Hague ORANO site activities
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Changeover in the cloakroom
13:30 Site tour
17:30 Back in the cloakroom
17:45 Exit formalities
18:00 End of the visit

General conditions

Deadline for registration: 1 October 2018 (FINAL DEADLINE) for the first 30 registered on a first come first served basis
Access will be denied to pregnant women, visitor under 18, person with a non-cicatrised wound.

Transportation information

Take the train from Paris St Lazare (07:06) to Cherbourg (10:13).
A bus will be waiting for you there and will bring you back to Cherbourg at 19:00.

Take the train from Cherbourg (19:09) to Paris St Lazare (22:26)

 

 

EDF : Superphénix

About EDF / Superphénix

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1200 MW fast breeder currently being dismantled. Superphénix was a 1,242 MWe fast breeder reactor with the twin goals of reprocessing nuclear fuel from France’s line of conventional nuclear reactors, while also being an economical generator of power on its own. A sodium-cooled fast neutron breeder reactor, capable of producing energy from by-products of the burn-up of its own core.

 

 

SPXIndicative program of the visit

09:45 Arrival at Superphénix Public Information Center, access formalities
10:00 Presentation of EDF and Superphénix
12:00 Lunch at the canteen
13:45 Site tour
16:30 Back to Public Information Center, exit formalities
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General conditions

Deadline for registration: 01 October 2018 for the first 32 registered on a first come first served basis

Transportation information

Take the train from Paris Gare-de-Lyon (06:29) to Lyon (08:26).
A bus will be waiting for you there and will bring you back to Lyon at 18:15.
Take the train from Lyon (18:34) to Paris Gare-de-Lyon (20:31).

 

ITER Project

About ITER

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The ITER Project is currently under construction on a 180-hectare site in southern France. Thirty-nine buildings and technical areas will house the ITER Tokamak and its plant systems. The heart of the facility – the Tokamak Building – is a seven-storey structure in reinforced concrete that will sit 13 metres below the platform level and 60 metres above. Pre-assembly of Tokamak components will take place in the adjacent Assembly Hall. Other auxiliary buildings in the vicinity of the Tokamak Building will include cooling towers, electrical installations, a control room, facilities for the management of waste, and the cryogenics plant that will provide liquid helium to cool the ITER magnets.

Europe, as part of its commitments to the project, is building nearly all of the platform buildings and site infrastructure. An estimated 2,300 workers will participate in the construction of the ITER scientific facility. Over the next years each building, as it becomes ready for occupation, will be handed over to the ITER Organization for the start of assembly works.

The successful integration and assembly of over one million components (ten million parts), built in the ITER Members’ factories around the world and delivered to the ITER site constitutes a tremendous logistics and engineering challenge. An assembly workforce of approximately 2,000 people will be needed at the height of assembly activities.

Indicative program of the visit

10:00 Arrival at ITER Visitor Centre and morning coffee
10:30 Presentation of the ITER project / Q&A
12:00 Virtual Reality Room
13:00 Lunch at the canteen
14:15 Worksite tour
16:30 Back to Entrance – End of the visit

General conditions

Deadline for registration: 1 October 2018 (FINAL DEADLINE) for the first 50 registered on a first come first served basis

Access informations : For Schengen Area Citizen, the ID Card number can replace the Passport number.

Your luggage may be stored on ITER site during the visits.

Transportation information

Take the train from Paris Gare-de-Lyon (06:07) to Aix-en-Provence TGV (09:27).
A bus will be waiting for you there and will bring you back to Aix-en-Provence TGV at 18:00.

Take the train from Aix-en-Provence TGV (18:15) to Paris Gare-de-l’Est (21:23).

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