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IBF/17 will give you the opportunity to visit the ITER site as well as first class nuclear sites. Please note that participation in one of the 4 following technical tours or in the sightseeing tour on 28 March 2017 is optional and will be limited to the first 300 registered participants on a first come first served basis. There is no additional fee to pay. Registration for this optional programme (via the private access of participants) requires providing personal data to the organizers for reasons of security as well as shoes size and clothing size.

The ITER Project is currently under construction on a 180-hectare site in southern France. Thirty-nine buildings and technical areas will house the ITER Tokamak and its plant systems. The heart of the facility - the Tokamak Building - is a seven-storey structure in reinforced concrete that will sit 13 metres below the platform level and 60 metres above. Pre-assembly of Tokamak components will take place in the adjacent Assembly Hall. Other auxiliary buildings in the vicinity of the Tokamak Building will include cooling towers, electrical installations, a control room, facilities for the management of waste, and the cryogenics plant that will provide liquid helium to cool the ITER magnets. Europe, as part of its commitments to the project, is building nearly all of the platform buildings and site infrastructure. An estimated 2,300 workers will participate in the construction of the ITER scientific facility. Over the next years each building, as it becomes ready for occupation, will be handed over to the ITER Organization for the start of assembly works. The successful integration and assembly of over one million components (ten million parts), built in the ITER Members' factories around the world and delivered to the ITER site constitutes a tremendous logistics and engineering challenge. An assembly workforce of approximately 2,000 people will be needed at the height of assembly activities. More information: IO website and The ITER site from above - Drone, October 2016


ITER SITE

Image: EJF Riche, October 2016 -With ITER Organization courtesy

Indicative timetable

08:30
Departure from the Popes’ Palace
10:30
Arrival at the ITER site, access formalities
11:00
Welcome and presentation of the ITER worksite
11:30
Visit of the ITER worksite and the virtual reality room (depending on its availability)
13:00
Exit formalities
13:15
Lunch at “Château de Cadarache”
15:00
End of the visit, departure for Avignon
17:00
Arrival to the Popes’ Palace

General conditions

  • Visits are open to IBF/17 participants. Deadline for registration: 28 February 2017
  • 3 departures will be organized from Popes’ Palace (08:30, 09:00 and 10:00) with 3 different return times (17:00, 17:30 and 18:30)
  • Please note: this technical tour (Option 1) will be restricted to only accessible areas and will be available to the first 150 registered delegates on a first come first served basis.

About CEA Marcoule

Marcoule CEA centre was created in 1955 and is the birthplace of the French nuclear industry. It is the main industrial and scientific site of the Gard department in southeastern France, where 5000 people come to work every day. With 1500 employees, CEA Marcoule has become a world reference for research on the nuclear fuel cycle and on dismantling legacy facilities. It designs and develops key processes for nuclear energy in the 21st century. Scientific expertise of CEA Marcoule is dedicated to serve the French nuclear fuel cycle industry and addresses the research priorities assigned by the government such as radioactive waste management. The Centre also leads major clean-up and dismantling projects in some of the oldest CEA facilities after their final shutdown. Marcoule has become a world pilot site, demonstrating that the dismantling of nuclear facilities is now an industrial and technological reality.

Support for the fuel cycle industry: for the front end of the fuel cycle, Marcoule researchers design and develop processes (extraction, conversion, etc.) to transform uranium resources with increasing efficiency and environmental awareness. For the back end of the cycle, CEA provides ongoing scientific and technological support for the AREVA reprocessing and recycling plant at la Hague, from fuel dissolution to waste vitrification. Adapting or defining new processes, experimentation at laboratory scale, pre-industrial demonstrations, and development of simulation tools - the expertise of Marcoule scientists is dedicated to serve a competitive and reliable industry. In view of developing fuel cycle plants abroad, CEA Marcoule designs processes compliant with the highest standards of nuclear safety and non-proliferation requirements.

Mastering decommissioning: It is just as important to be able to dismantle a nuclear facility as to build it. The cleanup and dismantling of the oldest facilities at Marcoule (the G1, G2 and G3 reactors and the UP1 plant commissioned in the 1950s) is a world’s first by the scale and scope of the project. The Phenix nuclear power plant, an emblematic facility definitively shut down in 2009 after 35 years of decisive scientific advances, will soon be dismantled. In compliance with very stringent safety and radiation protection requirements, the CEA applies highly innovative technologies to the final step in the lifetime of its nuclear facilities: robotics, virtual reality, etc. Outside Marcoule, project teams lead and manage cleanup and dismantling projects at other CEA sites.


With CEA Marcoule courtesy

Indicative timetable

08:30
Departure from the Popes’ Palace
09:30
Arrival at the CEA Marcoule site, access formalities
09:45
Welcome and presentation of CEA Marcoule site activities
10:45
Visit of ATALANTE for the first group of 25 participants (in 2 separate subgroups)
Visit of PHENIX for the second group of 25 participants
12:30
Lunch
13:45
Groups change
15:30
Departure for Châteauneuf-du-Pape
16:00
Arrival at Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard “OGIER”
18:00
Departure, arrival at the Popes’ Palace in Avignon at 18:30

General conditions

  • Visits are open to IBF/17 participants. Deadline for registration: 28 February 2017
  • Please note: this technical tour (Option 3) will be restricted to only accessible areas and will be available to the first 50 registered delegates on a first come first served basis.

About AREVA / Tricastin site

The only industrial site of its kind in Europe, Tricastin covers an area of 650 hectares across 3 districts, 2 departments and 2 regions. AREVA’s Tricastin facilities are part of the Front End business group. Areas of expertise include uranium conversion and enrichment and production of nuclear fuel assemblies.

The Tricastin site gathers more than 2900 employees and 2000 jobs created at other companies (full-time, over and above construction site employment). 1500 people are employed at various construction sites (Georges Besse II plant, COMURHEX II plant, etc.) over approximately 10 years.

For over 40 years, AREVA group companies and employees have been developing expertise in chemistry and uranium conversion and enrichment. To meet the growing demands of its utility customers around the world, AREVA decided to invest over 4.5 billion euros in this site.

Located on the Tricastin nuclear site in France’s Rhône valley, COMURHEX Pierrelatte transforms uranium into uranium hexafluoride (UF6) for power companies throughout the world. Today, the UF6 chemical form of uranium is used in all enrichment processes, which is the step in the fuel cycle following conversion. The fluorine required in the conversion process is produced on site. COMURHEX Pierrelatte has used its advanced knowledge and expertise to develop a wide array of fluorine products outside of the nuclear sector which are used in the electronics and automobile industries. The facility employs 346 persons.

The Georges Besse plant operated by EURODIF Production converts natural uranium into a form that can be used in nuclear power plants. In its naturally occurring state, uranium is made up of two isotopes: uranium 235 (0.7%) and uranium 238. For proper functioning, nuclear power reactors require uranium with a 3% to 5% content of uranium 235. That is why uranium must first be enriched. Two industrial procedures are used throughout the world: centrifugation and gaseous diffusion. The latter technique is used by EURODIF Production to separate uranium 238 from uranium 235. This gives us enriched uranium and depleted uranium. The facility employs 1130 persons.


AREVA TRICASTIN SITE

With AREVA Tricastin courtesy

Indicative timetable

08:45
Departure from the Popes’ Palace
09:30
Arrival at the AREVA Tricastin site, access formalities
09:50
Welcome and presentation of Tricastin AREVA site activities
10:45
Changeover in the cloakroom
11:00
Visit of the Installation Georges Besse II for the first group of 10 participants
Visit of the Installation Comurhex II for the second group of 10 participants
12:00
Groups change
13:15
Cloakroom back
13:30
Lunch
14:45
Exit formalities and departure for Châteauneuf-du-Pape
16:00
Arrival at Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard “Château La Nerthe”
18:00
Departure, arrival to the Popes’ Palace in Avignon at 18:30

General conditions

  • Visits are open to IBF/17 participants. Deadline for registration: 28 February 2017
  • Please note: this technical tour (Option 3) will be restricted to only accessible areas and will be available to the first 20 registered delegates on a first come first served basis.

About EDF / Tricastin site

Set up in the area of Saint-Paul-Trois Châteaux, in the South of Drôme department, the EDF nuclear power plant of Tricastin is located on the border of 4 departments (Drôme, Ardèche, Gard and Vaucluse) and 3 administrative regions (Rhône-Alpes Auvergne, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon). The Tricastin nuclear power plant is part of the biggest European nuclear industrial site. Equipped with 4 pressurized reactors producing 900 MW each, the EDF site was built as part of the French nuclear programme, a government decision taken in 1973 following the first oil crisis.

The EDF Tricastin site contributes to generate a safe, clean and cheap KWH and to improve the French energy independence. 40% of the electricity produced in Tricastin is dedicated to regional needs, feeding about 3.5 million people in electricity. Its 4 reactors were commissioned between 1980 and 1981. The first priority of Tricastin nuclear power plant was to supply electricity to the Eurodif Uranium enrichment plant until 2012 when Areva changed its process. Now the enrichment site needs only 60 MW and the EDF site contributes to supply the South-East grid.

The EDF site gathers 1400 direct employees and 500 permanent subcontractors, and even more subcontractors (1500 to 2000) during the outages for refuelling which requires intensive testing and maintenance works. The site is an important economic actor within the local communities. The nuclear power plant is well accepted in the local economy and maintains an active dialogue with local authorities, industry and other economic partners.


With EDF Tricastin courtesy

Indicative timetable

08:45
Departure from the Popes’ Palace
09:30
Arrival at the EDF Tricastin site, access formalities
10:00
Welcome and presentation of EDF Tricastin site activities
Visit of the turbine hall
12:30
Lunch
14:45
End of the visit, exit formalities and departure for Châteauneuf-du-Pape
16:00
Arrival at Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard “ Château La Nerthe”
18:00
Departure, arrival to the Popes’ Palace in Avignon at 18:30

General conditions

  • Visits are open to IBF/17 participants. Deadline for registration: 28 February 2017
  • Please note: this technical tour (Option 4) will be restricted to only accessible areas and will be available to the first 30 registered delegates on a first come first served basis.

About “Palais des Papes” and “Pont d’Avignon”

Overlooking the city and the Rhône river, the Rocher des Doms presents an exceptional set of monuments including the Saint-Bénezet Bridge (the famous « Pont d’Avignon »), the Ramparts, the “Petit Palais”, the Cathedral and the impressive walls of the Popes’ Palace flanked by four mighty towers. This architectural group has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage for humanity.

The Palace of the Popes stands as the mighty symbol of the church’s influence throughout the western Christian world in the 14th century. Construction started in 1335 and was completed in less than twenty years under the leadership of two popes, Benedict XII and his successor Clement VI. The Popes’ Palace is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe with 15,000 m² of floor space, which is the equivalent of 4 Gothic cathedrals. The visitor can see over 20 rooms, scenes of historic events, in particular the pope’s private chambers and the frescoes painted by the Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti. The Popes’ Palace is one of the most visited monuments in France.

Emblematic site in the history of Avignon, the Saint-Bénezet bridge was damaged and rebuilt many times over the course of its history, as a victim of battles and floodwaters, before being rebuilt and finally abandoned in the 17th century. The famous song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” is sung by children of all countries. Only four arches remain on 22 of its origin. What happened? What caused this destruction? We invite you to discover the history and legend of this monument.

During the afternoon you will be able to visit a vineyard in “Châteauneuf-du-Pape”, whose terroir was revealed by the Popes when installed in Avignon in the 14th century. Under the reign of the Pope Jean XXII, the village became the summer residence of the papacy. The precious nectar produced in this area was granted the rank of "Vin du Pape", opening the doors of the great European courts.


With Avignon Tourisme courtesy

Indicative timetable

10:30
Guided tour of the Popes’ Palace and the Saint-Bénezet Bridge ("Pont d’Avignon")
13:00
Lunch in the City centre (at the leisure and expense of participants)
15:00
Departure from Popes’ Palace by bus for Châteauneuf-du-Pape
16:00
Arrival at Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard “ Château du Grand Tinel”
18:00
Departure, arrival in Avignon at 18:30

General conditions

  • Visits are open to IBF/17 participants. Deadline for registration: 28 February 2017
  • Please note: this technical tour (Option 5) will be restricted to only accessible areas and will be available to the first 50 registered delegates on a first come first served basis.
  • Registration via the private access of participants to the 1-1 platform.