On the road to energy independence

Published on 20 February 2024

With the threat of power shortages looming, energy independence once again became a top strategic priority in France.

SPIE Nucléaire’s expertise and ability to innovate will help us rise to new challenges ahead.”
EMERIC LAGOGUET, Industrial Programme Director in EDF’s operating plant engineering division

Nuclear power is now recognised as a low-carbon energy source. It also has a key role to play in achieving the energy transition. For all these reasons, €4.7 billion will be invested in the nuclear industry each year until 2035. Six new EPRs will be built between now and 2027, with an option for eight more. Naturally, in this environment, EDF needs to know it is working with companies that can ‘keep pace’ without ever compromising on quality requirements, which are extremely high in our industry. SPIE Nucléaire has been one such partner for many years now.

The teams know us well and make safety a priority. Another of SPIE Nucléaire’s unique strengths is that it is a turnkey operator, meaning it can collaborate with manufacturers in various fields. That makes a big difference in our business, where everything is cross-cutting. SPIE Nucléaire also stands out for its ability to proactively develop operational solutions that improve our performance. In 2022, for example, our contacts designed new calibration benches to check reactors’ pressure and temperature valves at the Penly power station. The new model is much safer to use than the previous equipment. I’m convinced that this abitlity to innovate will be an asset as we rise to new challenges in the years ahead.

4,7 billions

of euros will be invested annually in the nuclear industry until 2035.

6

New EPRswill be built by 2027

8

An option for eight additional new EPRs

Interview with Emeric Lagoguet from EDF - Facing challenges of the nuclear industry

Interview with Emeric Lagoguet from EDF about the challenges of the nuclear industry in France. Emeric explains how SPIE Nucléaire’s expertise and ability to innovate will help rise to new challenges ahead.

Emeric Lagoguet is the Director of the Industrial Program at EDF's Operational Park Engineering. So, the stakes are very high and will be even more so in the years to come. We will increase from 4.2 billion euros of investments every year to around 4.7 billion euros until approximately 2035. Additionally, the nuclear sector is mobilizing for the construction of 6 EPRs, with potentially 8 more. We are at the heart of low-carbon electricity; we are at the heart of France's independence in terms of electricity and energy production; we are at the heart of all these issues. So, we expect investment, we expect skills development, we expect training schools, the ability tomorrow to integrate people who are not in the industry to come into the nuclear sector, which will need a lot of manpower and engineers to address all of these challenges I mentioned before. SPIE Nuclear's strengths lie firstly in being a long-standing partner, knowing us very well, having a very important safety culture, mastering requirements - nuclear quality requirements are very high. From my point of view, SPIE Nuclear has a very interesting characteristic: it is an integrator, what we call an integrator, capable of multi-disciplinary work, associating constructors with it in different domains, and that, in my opinion, makes a big difference and adds great value to SPIE Nuclear. I would say "constructive and demanding" in two words.