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the nuclear decommissioning market
France

Update 30/09/2019

1.1 INTRODUCTION

The nuclear decommissioning refers to the total shutdown of nuclear operations, the demolition of buildings, the introduction of radiation protection measures for interveners and site workers, and the containment, conditioning and disposal of radioactive or hazardous waste. The nuclear decommissioning market is expanding rapidly and is a major challenge for the Group industrial activity in its own right whose turnover is estimated at more than 200 billion euros worldwide . France is one of the world leaders in the market with a dismantling activity that concerns both military nuclear facilities , the power reactors but also the research laboratories . States have gradually become aware of the scale of the dismantling of the many obsolete nuclear power plants around the world.

The average life of a nuclear installation is 30 years and there are more than 25 sites being dismantled in France at present, at least 36 sites to be deconstructed and a total of nearly 90 sites to be dismantled in the coming years. The CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) in France has a budget of several hundred million euros for the dismantling and treatment of radioactive waste. The construction giants are increasingly interested in this sector, and are competing with the historical nuclear players in France. However, many of the barriers to entry exist as nuclear deconstruction is a complex activity requiring state-of-the-art techniques and impeccable organization.

This is why the actors are grouped together in the form of consortium to win very profitable contracts and tenders. In France, the nuclear decommissioning market is estimated at several tens of billions of euros and is expected to grow due to major operations in the future.

In recent years, the authorities concerned have been trying to better understand the dismantling cost of each installation and the blurring of costs results in a dizzying increase in the invoice

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