Chooz Nuclear Power Plant
The Chooz Nuclear Power Station (French: Centrale nucléaire de Chooz) lies in the municipality of Chooz in the Ardennes department, France, on the Meuse River in a panhandle protruding into Belgium, between the French city of Charleville-Mézières and the Belgian municipality of Dinant.
|Chooz Nuclear Power Plant|
|Official name||Centrale Nucléaire de Chooz|
|Commission date||April 15, 1967|
|Decommission date||1991 (Chooz A)|
|Nuclear power station|
|Cooling towers||2 × Natural Draft|
|Cooling source||Meuse River|
|Units operational||2 × 1560 MW|
|Make and model||Alstom|
|Units decommissioned||1 × 320 MW|
|Nameplate capacity||3120 MW|
|Annual net output||19,306 GW·h|
|Commons||Related media on Commons|
The first reactor, Chooz A, was an early pressurized water reactor (PWR) design by Westinghouse, built and operated by French (EDF) and Belgian (SENA) grid operators. It was shut down in 1991 after an operational life of 22 years. The containment building of this unit was underground.
Two units of the N4 reactor design are currently in operation, Chooz B1 and Chooz B2. Designed for a net power output of 1450 MWe, power was uprated to 1500 MWe in 2003. This was the highest nameplate capacity for any reactor design worldwide.
The plant employs around 700 full-time workers.
|Unit||Type||Net power||Total power||Construction start||Construction finish||Commercial operation||Shut down|
|Chooz - A (Ardennes)||PWR||310 MW||320 MW||01.01.1962||03.04.1967||15.04.1967||30.10.1991|
|Chooz - B 1||PWR||1500 MW||1560 MW||01.01.1984||30.08.1996||15.05.2000|
|Chooz - B 2||PWR||1500 MW||1560 MW||31.12.1985||10.04.1997||29.09.2000|