The Cruas Nuclear Power Station (Centrale nucléaire de Cruas) is a nuclear power plant located in Cruas and Meysse communes, Ardèche department (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) next to the Rhône River in France. The site is 35 km north of Tricastin Nuclear Power Center and near the town of Montélimar.

The Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plant has four 915 MWe nuclear reactors, for a total of 3,660 MWe. Construction began in 1976 and commissioning was carried out in 1984 and 1985. With nearly 24 billion kWh annually, this plant represents on average 4 to 5% of national production, or nearly 40% of annual needs from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. EDF regularly states that by comparing with the equivalent production that would come from the European electricity mix, this plant makes it possible to avoid the emission of 8 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

For its cooling, the plant uses water from the Rhône and four cooling towers with a height of 155 m.

In 2021, the plant produced 21.7 billion kWh.

In January 2020, the EDF proposed to the French government to study the shutdown of 14 reactors between 2028 and 2035 among the 900 MW reactor fleet. Two reactors at the Cruas-Meysse power plant are potentially affected because they appear on the list like those of six other French power plants.

In February 2022, Emmanuel Macron indicates a significant modification to the law on energy transition, since no reactor capable of producing will be closed in the future, except for safety reasons.


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