France derives about 70% of its electricity from nuclear energy, due to a long-standing policy based on energy security. Government policy is to reduce this to 50% by 2035. France is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation, and gains over €3 billion per year from this.
Where does France get its uranium from?
Fuel Cycle Facilities
France imports uranium oxide from Canada and Niger, while most fuel cycle services are carried out domestically by Areva.  The country’s fuel-cycle facilities can be categorized as follows: Conversion – Natural uranium is converted to hexafluoride at several different plants.
Why does France have so much nuclear?
It has no oil, no gas and her coal resources are very poor and virtually exhausted. French policy makers saw only one way for France to achieve energy independence: nuclear energy, a source of energy so compact that a few pounds of fissionable uranium is all the fuel needed to run a big city for a year.
Which country has the most plutonium?
The largest stockpiles belonged to the United States with 502 tons of plutonium, Russia with 271 tons and France with 236 tons, according to the report. Stocks of civilian plutonium grow by 70 tons each year, according to the report.
Is France reducing nuclear power?
France is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation, and gains over EUR3 billion per year from this. Government policy however is to reduce the share of nuclear in its electricity mix to 50% by 2035.
What does France do with nuclear waste?
The French national radioactive waste management agency (Andra) designs, builds and operates the required storage centres. The 90% of least radioactive waste is sealed in drums, metal boxes or concrete containers. Final storage is handled at three Andra centres located in the Manche and Aube departments.
Why did France switch to nuclear power?
At the time of the oil crisis most of France’s electricity came from foreign oil. Nuclear power allowed France to compensate for its lack of indigenous energy resources by applying its strengths in heavy engineering.