A good knowledge of the two potential nuclear sites and the technologies considered
EDF benefits from a long and wide experience in site characterisation (including geology, seismic assessment, bathymetry…) and in adapting its own design to different site conditions:
- EDF has developed numerous nuclear sites both domestic and worldwide (of which 19 sites in France), in various environments (sea/river, hot/cold conditions, different types of soils, seismic areas, green/brown fields…).
- EDF studied the various environmental impact reports drafted in 2007 as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process launched in South Africa and has gathered a good knowledge of the two potential sites Thyspunt in Oyster Bay and Duynefontein in the North of Koeberg NPP.
In addition, EDF has gained over time an extended experience in the two technologies considered: Pressurized Water Reactors and Small Modular Reactors. That’s why EDF is eager to propose its cutting-edge solutions to South Africa: its large power proven EPR reactor (1650 MWe) and its SMR technology NUWARD™ currently under development.