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Jean Bernard Levy’s business trip in Morocco

Publish on 13/01/2017

Following the Marrakech COP 22, EDF is committed to developing its business to support the energy transition and economic development of the Kingdom of Morocco.
 
Jean Bernard Levy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group, attended the 20th anniversary of EDF’s presence in Morocco on 5 and 6 January in Casablanca and Rabat. He welcomed the historic partnerships established with ONEE and other major Moroccan public and private participants, and discussed with his interlocutors the major ongoing projects that will permanently transform the group’s presence in the country and the region. 
 
Therefore, EDF puts its know-how in the field of renewable energies (solar, wind), hydroelectric production and energy efficiency, serving its customers and partners. In addition, the group wishes to use its experience acquired in the field of gas to power to contribute to the development of Liquefied Natural Gas in the Kingdom.
 
Jean-Bernard Levy said: “For EDF, Morocco is a strategic country in which we want to develop over time and on a large scale. Its energy policy priorities are in line with the strategic objectives of the group’s international development”.

Generic Design Assessment process to begin for UK HPR1000 nuclear technology

Publish on 11/01/2017

Third generation design intended for proposed CGN-EDF development at Bradwell in Essex
The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today confirmed that the nuclear regulators have been asked to begin the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the UK HPR1000 nuclear technology. This marks a first step in the robust and thorough process to seek permission to build a nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex.

China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and EDF had submitted a joint application through their joint venture company GNS (General Nuclear System Ltd) to BEIS in October 2016 to begin the GDA process for a UK version of the HPR1000 nuclear technology. The reference plant for the design is CGN’s Fangchenggang Plant Unit 3 in China which is under construction and on schedule.

This is a key step in the development of proposals from CGN and EDF for a new nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex. The UK's nuclear regulators, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency are among the most rigorous, independent nuclear regulators in the world. All nuclear operators in the UK must work within this strict regulatory framework, and all reactor designs satisfy the safety, security and environmental requirements of the Generic Design Assessment process.

The proposed Bradwell project is in an early pre-planning stage which will involve years of investigative works and public consultations before detailed proposals are produced allowing a planning application to be made. A UK version of HPR1000 reactor is intended to be built at Bradwell following GDA approval.

CGN and EDF have been working together for more than 30 years on nuclear development and construction in China. They have formed an industrial partnership in the UK to build Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset and to develop Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.

Zhu Minhong, General Manager of CGN UK said: “The robust independence of the UK’s regulators is seen across the world as a key strength for nuclear in Britain. This is a quality which we value and respect. CGN and EDF will bring to this enterprise their joint experience in China, Britain and France over many years.”

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF Energy Nuclear New Build MD said: “EDF will bring invaluable experience gained from the approval process for Hinkley Point C’s EPR reactors and from our continuing work with the UK’s independent regulators. Both EDF and CGN will also be listening carefully to the community around Bradwell before we draw up detailed proposals for the development of the new power station.”

The GDA process will take a number of years to complete. There are a number of different consents and permissions to be achieved before a nuclear power station can be constructed. As well as successful completion of the GDA process, other requirements include development consent, site licensing and environmental permits.

Nuclear new build projects bring the benefits of reliable low-carbon energy for the country as well as major industrial and economic benefits locally, regionally and throughout the UK.

Commercial commissioning of the Dunkirk regasification terminal

Publish on 03/01/2017

On 1 January 2017, commercial operations started up at the Dunkirk regasification terminal. This commissioning draws a line under one of the largest industrial construction sites in France.

The Dunkirk terminal is used to import, store and regasify liquefied natural gas (LNG) before delivery with the transmission systems to the places of consumption.

Ideally sited to serve a range of markets

The Dunkirk regasification terminal is the second largest in mainland Europe and is the only one in Europe to be directly connected to two consumption markets: France and Belgium. Its annual regasification capacity of 13 billion m3 accounts for more than 20% of French and Belgian natural gas consumption.

Due to its industrial design, the regasification terminal provides its customers with safe, flexible and extremely reliable services. Its siting in Dunkirk is the ideal position at the crossroads of the seaways between the Channel and the North Sea close to natural gas consumption markets in France and North-Western Europe.

Cutting edge facilities

The regasification terminal is located within the enclosure of the Dunkirk harbour on a site of 56 hectares and is composed of:
  • a jetty that can receive up to 150 LNG tankers per year: from the largest LNG tankers in the world (Qmax tankers with capacity of 267,000 m3) to low-capacity tankers (65,000 m3) for the regional markets. Five articulated arms are installed to unload the ships at maximum flow rate of 14,000 m3/h;
  • three isothermal LNG storage tanks, that can each contain 200,000 m3;
a regasification unit made up of 10 heat exchangers, supplied with tepid water by the neighbouring nuclear power plant in Gravelines with an underwater tunnel 5 km long. This industrial innovation thus provides energy savings that are equivalent to the annual gas consumption of the Dunkirk community.

Natural gas, essential for energy transition

Due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and absence of fine particles, natural gas has lower environmental impact than other types of fossil fuel, such as oil and coal.

It contributes to energy transition providing a useful complement to carbon-free nuclear power and renewable energies, especially during peak consumption. This increasing complementarity is also revealed in domestic applications, whose technology is being completely overhauled.

Natural gas also has a promising future as transport fuel. In liquefied form at -162°C, its volume is reduced by 600 times, thus facilitating transport and storage. LNG is the choice alternative for long-haulage trucks and maritime navigation, where stricter standards are applied in certain seas, such as the Channel, North Sea and Baltic Sea.

Marc Benayoun, Executive Director of the EDF Group, in charge of the Gas Sector and Italy, stated: I am delighted that commercial operations have started up at the Dunkirk regasification terminal, thus creating a new point of gas importation in France and strengthening security of supply in Europe. It also contributes to the development of the gas supply market, on which the Group already operates with its Italian subsidiary, Edison, and wishes to further strengthen its share. I would especially like to thank the EDF, partners and contractors teams who have worked together since 2012 to complete this strategic asset.

Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys, said: I would like to congratulate and thank all the teams who have contributed to the success of this extensive infrastructure project. At Fluxys, we are especially proud to have been able to contribute by bringing our 30 years of expertise in the field of LNG to the construction of this terminal. In addition, direct connection of the Dunkirk LNG terminal to our Belgian network provides users with easy and flexible access to the natural gas consumption markets in North-Western Europe.

Dalkia Group acquires Fenice Rus

Publish on 14/12/2016

Dalkia Group, one of the leading providers of energy services in France and subsidiary of the EDF Group, acquires through its local holding company DK Energuia Rus, the share capital of Fenice Rus. The transaction was officially completed on September 26, 2016.

Fenice Rus is one of the pioneers of energy services in Russia, providing energy efficiency and environmental services to industrials. With numerous significant projects for such customers as AvtoVAZ and Danone, the company is now among the top-three in the national ranking of energy services providers*.

The acquisition of Fenice Rus fits into Dalkia Group’s development strategy to expand its expertise and to increase the range of services relevant to sustainable development. In this regard, Fenice Rus’ proven expertise in the construction and maintenance of Waste Water Treatment Plants gives an opportunity to enlarge Dalkia Group’s competencies and develop new business. The company pays a lot of attention to sustainable development: Fenice Rus facilities reduce 201 000 tons of CO2 every year.

Through this acquisition, the Group wishes to address the Russian energy efficiency market, which displays great potential both on the industry and the heating networks segments. Dalkia has strong development capacities on these core target markets thanks to its historical expertise in France.

"The growth of energy services on the international market is one of the key goals of EDF’s « Cap 2030 » strategy. Hence we rely on EDF’s worldwide established network to create long-term growth drivers and make full use of synergies. It is the case with Fenice Rus. Its strong competencies and local market knowledge are valuable assets for Dalkia Group who will be happy to design and implement sustainable energy efficiency solutions addressing the needs of Russian customers,” highlighted Jean-Michel Mazalérat, Chairman and CEO of Dalkia.
*According to the "Russian market of energy services - 2015" rating, prepared by RBC.

 
Dalkia: leader in energy savings in France
Dalkia, a subsidiary of the EDF group, is one of the leading providers of energy services in France. Dalkia offers its clients tailor-made solutions scaled to fit each building, city, municipality, region and industrial site. Dalkia rises to the challenge of the energy transition and provides its clients with expertise covering the entire energy chain, from energy supply to optimisation of their energy consumption, as well as operation and maintenance of installations. All Dalkia’s solutions are paired with energy efficiency commitments and long-term performance guarantees.


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Fabrice Fourcade becomes EDF’s Chief Representative in China and Hervé Machenaud leaves the EDF Group

Publish on 07/11/2016

Fabrice Fourcade has taken on the role of EDF’s Chief Representative in China as of 1st November 2016. He takes over from Hervé Machenaud who has left EDF after a career spanning thirty-four years, notable for his responsibilities in Asia and in the Production and Engineering Division.

Hervé Machenaud studied at the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. After starting his career in administration at the Ministries of Cooperation and Equipment, Hervé Machenaud came to EDF in 1982 working as Deputy Site Manager at Paluel, at the time when the first 1300 MW reactor was just coming online.

His career within the Group is distinguished by his pioneering role in the development of EDF in China where he was Technical Director for the construction of the DAYA BAY plant between 1985 and 1989. Afterwards, in his role as Director of the Centre National d'Equipement Nucléaire (National Centre for Nuclear Equipment or CNEN), he was in charge of both new nuclear projects in France (PALIER N4) and Export (DAYA BAY – LING AO).

His career went on to encompass the roles of Deputy Director for Equipment and then Director of Production and Transport and finally, Deputy Director of the EDF Group’s “Industry” division. In 2002, he was appointed Director of the “Asia-Pacific” Branch and supervised the Group’s activities in the region from Beijing. Staying loyal to Asia and China, he continued in this role when, on 2 February 2010, he was appointed as the EDF Group’s Senior Executive Vice President for Production and Engineering and became a member of EDF’s executive committee.

The EDF Group’s CEO and Chairman Jean-Bernard Lévy says: “I would like to pay tribute to Hervé Machenaud’s fantastic career and commitment to EDF. In roles including Director of production and Engineering, he has been instrumental in industrial projects that have played a key role in promoting the competitiveness of our electrical system. He has raised the profile of the French nuclear industry in China and helped lay down strong roots for the Group in fruitful partnerships ".

Fabrice Fourcade, 51 years old and a former student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-aux-roses, graduated as a civil engineer from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and he holds a MSc in Mathematics. He began his career in Germany, working in a research laboratory specialising in artificial intelligence, before joining EDF in 1992. As a research engineer and then the head of a research group, his fields of activity included economic studies and applied mathematics focusing on optimising electrical systems. As a member of the Strategy Department, he then managed the team responsible for negotiating prices with the public authorities and the electricity pricing strategy at the time of French deregulation. In 2001, he was responsible for developing electricity and gas services for key clients within EDF’s Customer Branch before he was appointed Senior Vice President, Key Accounts in 2003. In 2007, he became Chief Executive Officer, Dunkerque LNG, a subsidiary of EDF responsible for developing the Dunkirk LNG terminal. From 2010 to 2014, he coordinated EDF’s commercial activities in the Ile de France region, before becoming Senior Vice President of EDF’s strategic plan, CAP 2030, reporting directly to Jean-Bernard Lévy.

JERA to acquire EDF Trading’s coal and freight business

Publish on 11/10/2016

JERA Co., Inc. (“JERA”) and EDF Trading Limited (“EDF Trading”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF S.A., are pleased to announce the signing of a non-binding agreement for the acquisition of EDF Trading’s coal and freight business by JERA Trading Singapore Pte Ltd (“JERA Trading Singapore”), a subsidiary of JERA.

JERA and EDF Trading have had a long standing coal optimisation and trading joint venture founded in 2008 (originally between Chubu Electric Power Company and EDF Trading, and subsequently succeeded to by JERA). This new agreement strengthens our relationship further by affirming the intention to combine EDF Trading’s coal and freight expertise in the Atlantic Basin with JERA’s footprint in Asia and the Pacific creating a truly global coal and freight trading business.

Subject to final agreement, EDF Trading’s existing contractual agreement with JERA will be converted into a minority equity interest in JERA Trading Singapore. JERA Trading Singapore will also acquire 100% of the shares of EDF Trading Australia Pty Limited (which holds a 7.5% interest in the Narrabri coal mining joint venture in Australia) and 100% of the shares of Amstuw BV (which operates the Rietlanden coal terminal in the Netherlands). EDF Trading’s coal and freight employees will transfer to JERA Trading Singapore.

Coal remains an important part of the fuel mix in the global energy markets and demand is expected to increase in Asia as it reduces in Europe. JERA will through the enhanced relationship with EDF Trading have the trading expertise and in-depth market knowledge to expand its Asian trading activities globally thereby strengthening its competitive procurement capability.

Discussions will continue towards a final agreement which is expected to be reached in December 2016.

For further information, please contact:


EDF Trading
Michele Reid, Head of Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7061 4232
Email: michele.reid@edftrading.com

Hinkley Point C : EDF is delighted by the British Governement’s decision

Publish on 19/09/2016

EDF is delighted by the British Government’s decision today to confirm its agreement for the construction by EDF of two EPR reactors at Hinkley Point.

The approval of this construction project for two nuclear reactors on the Hinkley Point site in Somerset in the South-West of England marks the conclusion of ten years of preparation and rigorous planning. It will benefit from the joint strengths of the British and French nuclear industries, and will lead to the creation of 25,000 job opportunities on the site during construction, and will offer numerous opportunities for local and national businesses. Areva, GE-Alstom and BYLOR as well as hundreds of French medium size businesses and SMEs will be committed to the success of the project. An exchange of letters between EDF and the British authorities will render the discussions that took place over the last fews days, to formalize their wish to take into account the EDF’s commitment to retain control of HPC project.

Hinkley Point C is an essential part of EDF Group’s CAP 2030 strategy. EDF Group is a European leader in the production of low carbon electricity. It will allow the Group to strengthen its presence in Britain, a country in which its subsidiary EDF Energy already operates 15 nuclear reactors and is the leading producer by volume of electricity. It will mobilise the skills of EDF as a nuclear engineer at the highest level and will be a benchmark for EDF internationally. EDF Group will work vigorously with its longstanding partner, the Chinese electricity producer CGN to guarantee the success of this project, serving the United Kingdom.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Group CEO said: “The decision of the British Government to approve the construction of Hinkley Point C marks the relaunch of nuclear in Europe. It demonstrates the UK's desire to lead the fight against climate change through the development of low carbon electricity. This decision demonstrates confidence in the EPR technology and in the world renowned expertise of the French nuclear industry. I congratulate the teams of EDF who have developed this project to maturity with enthusiasm, professionalism and determination."

Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of EDF Energy and Executive Committee member of the Group said: “Today’s announcement is good news for British consumers, a huge boost for British industry and a major step forward in the fight against climate change. The strong performance of the EDF Energy’s 15 nuclear reactors underpins our credibility as a nuclear operator and developer in the UK. We will take the risk and responsibility to deliver Hinkley Point C and provide the UK with the reliable low carbon electricity it needs. The experience and expertise gained from restarting new nuclear build in the UK will help following projects be cheaper”

A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.6 million customers, of which 27.8 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €75 billion in 2015, of which 47.2% outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange

The EDF Group enters into wind energy in China, the world’s largest renewable energy market

Publish on 13/07/2016

The EDF Group ramps up development in renewables energies and announces his first project in the chinese wind energy sector. EDF Energies Nouvelles, its subsidiary dedicated to renewable energy, has acquired a majority stake in UPC Asia Wind Management (AWM) which develops and builds wind projects in China.

Following this acquisition, EDF Energies Nouvelles owns an 80% stake in the UPC AWM holding, based in Hong Kong. Its partners UPC China, a longstanding local developer, and the US-based investment fund Global Environment Fund (GEF) remain shareholders with a 20% share of the company.

This new partnership venture has been made possible thanks to EDF Group’s strong roots in the country where it has had a presence for over 30 years through activities in nuclear, thermal and hydro generation as well as energy services.

China has become the world’s leading renewable energy market, with strong growth expected in the coming years.The Chinese government aims to reach 200 gigawatts (GW) in installed wind energy capacity by 2020, an average increase of 15 GW per year.

China is a priority market for EDF. The Group is Europe’s first major energy company to move into the Chinese renewable energy market with high ambition.

The EDF Group which increases its wind energy portfolio by over 1.3 GW - under development, construction or operation in China - with this new partnership agreement, now operates more than 10 GW in installed wind capacity in the world.

On this occasion, Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the EDF Group stated: “In the framework of EDF's strategy CAP 2030, our goal is to accelerate our low-carbon generation, with a diversified energy mix where nuclear and renewable energy balance each other. Our development in high-potential markets, such as China is a full part of this dynamic process. This country where we have been present for more than 30 years, is providing to the Group significant growth opportunities and we are delighted to boost our presence in renewable energy sources."

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and EDF Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Collaboration in Civil Nuclear Power Businesses

Publish on 07/07/2016

Paris/Tokyo, June 28, 2016 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and EDF, a leading French utility, have agreed a significant step to forge a strategic and global collaborative relationship in the civil nuclear power fields.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed at the World Nuclear Exhibition (Paris) by the top representatives of the two companies: Shunichi Miyanaga, President & CEO of MHI, and Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman & CEO of EDF.

The agreement signed today is a strategic move to strengthen the links between the French and Japanese nuclear power industries, recognizing the strategic interest to combine in certain fields of civil nuclear energy the strengths of EDF and MHI. Specifically, EDF and MHI intend to enhance their strategic cooperation by establishing general objectives and principles related to:

  • an updated cooperation framework regarding the ATMEA joint venture, including the involvement of EDF in ATMEA’s business operations,
  • with mutual support to be brought for the smooth execution of ATMEA1 projects, in particular in Turkey and Vietnam,
  • the potential participation of MHI as a partner in the French nuclear landscape reorganization with the acquisition of a minority equity interest in AREVA NP,
  • potential broader range of collaborative ties leveraging the respective technologies and special expertise in the global market.

EDF is the world’s largest operator of nuclear power plants (NPP) benefiting from a broad experience in project development and international cooperation, and has outstanding expertise in the field of the 'nuclear industry' and has been developing nuclear power plants in France and abroad on the basis of the EDF group’s integrated organization, engineering skills and lessons learned. The company has constructed and operates 58 NPPs in France and operates 15 NPPs in the UK. Abroad EDF is also playing a leading role in various new nuclear projects.

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Flamanville EPR: Advancement of Reactor Vessel Testing Programme

Publish on 14/04/2016

AREVA, together with EDF, has recommended to the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) to adapt the testing programme of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor vessel head and bottom as decided at the end of 2015.

Initial analyses conducted on two parts similar to those at Flamanville 3 have shown that the carbon segregation phenomena extend beyond mid-thickness on one of them. As specified in the initial strategy approved by the ASN, the material sampling and related tests will be extended to three-fourths of the thickness of the part concerned.

The purpose of these initial analyses is also to better specify the variability of the main manufacturing parameters of the different parts. AREVA and EDF have therefore proposed extending the testing programme to include a third part to strengthen the robustness of the demonstration.

These adaptations to the testing programme will double the number of samples analysed. A total number of 1200 material samples will be taken to consolidate the representative nature of the three forged parts tested, both for carbon content and required mechanical properties.

The ASN has approved this addition to the testing programme, which will continue through the end of 2016, when the final report will be submitted.

EDF and AREVA have reaffirmed their confidence in their ability to demonstrate the quality and safety of the reactor vessel for the start-up of the Flamanville 3 reactor planned for the last quarter of 2018. The assembly and testing activities are going ahead at the construction site in line with the announced schedule.

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