"The nuclear sector is the third largest industrial sector in France. Alongside renewable energy sources, it provides France with low-carbon and inexpensive electricity."
What is the context surrounding the nuclear market?
Currently, the nuclear industry is at a key turning point in its history. It is confronted with a European electricity market in the midst crisis which is discouraging long-term investment, along with the internal difficulties inherent in this sector.
Renewable energy sources have a solid future and the energy mix in France will continue to feature Nuclear power. To continue producing low-carbon electricity, EDF initiated its “Grand carénage” industrial project to overhaul its nuclear fleet and enable continued operations beyond the 40-year mark. EDF intends to have fully renewed its nuclear fleet by 2030.
Internationally, the OECD intends to double the world’s nuclear capacities by 2050. Currently, 70 reactors are under construction around the world.
What ambition does ENGIE Ineo have for this market?
Our ambition is to become the leader in the nuclear services sector with ENGIE AXIMA, ENDEL ENGIE and ENGIE Cofely, by delivering integrated services across multiple fields.
We are active over whole nuclear life cycle:
- Research reactors
- Uranium cycle plants
- Production plants
- Radioactive waste storage facilities
We work on all project phases:
- Design and construction studies
- Equipment qualification
- Testing and commissioning
- Obsolescence management
Our expert fields include:
- HV/LV distribution
- Automation, instrumentation & control
- Networks and supervision
- Radiological protection
- Perimeter protection
What place is there for innovation on the market?
The nuclear sector is undergoing its own digital transition. It must remain competitive and in turn aims to use digital technologies to:
- Ensure new reactors are competitive
- Develop digital components. The panel of digital technologies (big data, augmented reality, connected objects etc.)
- Can be easily integrated into existing facilities and interact with each other.
- Develop predictive maintenance by collecting data from facilities.
- And develop the project-oriented approach by organising cooperation around objects and data. This means extensive change!
Of course, we need to take into consideration such constraints as security, safety and confidentiality of facilities.
In conclusion, I will say that the French nuclear sector is reinventing itself and innovating across all fields, whether in terms of organisation, technology or economics. ENGIE Ineo aims to be a key player in this transformation.