Gravelines Nuclear Power Station

Gravelines Nuclear Power Station ( French: Centrale Nucléaire de Gravelines ) is located on the French coast, between Calais and Dunkirk, 48km from Dover. Gravelines Nuclear Power Station has an installed capacity of 5,460MW, which is the largest nuclear power plant in France.

Owned and operated by the French state-owned utility Electricite De France (EDF), the Gravelines Nuclear Power Plant comprises six 910MW pressurised water reactors (PWR) units commissioned between 1980 and 1985.

Gravelines Nuclear Power Station aerial view
Gravelines Nuclear Power Station aerial view

Built on a 150ha-site in northern France, the six-reactor facility delivered its 1,000 billionth kilowatt-hour of electricity in 2010.

The Gravelines Nuclear Power Station is one of the largest nuclear power stations in the world. It is located near the commune of Gravelines in Nord, France, approximately 20 km (12 mi) from Dunkerque and Calais.

Its cooling water comes from the North Sea. The plant consists of 6 nuclear reactors of 900 MW each. In 2017 the plant produced 31.67 TWh of electric energy, 5.9% of French electricity production.

Centrale Nucléaire de Gravelines
Centrale Nucléaire de Gravelines

Two reactors entered service in 1980, two in 1981, and two in 1985.

The site employs 1,680 regular employees. As of 2 August 2010, it became the first nuclear station anywhere in the world to produce over one thousand terawatt-hour of electricity.

Gravelines Nuclear Power Station
Gravelines Nuclear Power Station

Gravelines Nuclear Power Station Data

Western Europe
In use
Official name
Centrale Nucléaire de Gravelines
Gravelines, Nord, France
Electricite de France S.A.
Mar-13, 1980
Installed capacity
5460 MW
Units operational
6 × 910 MW
Reactor type
Reactor supplier
Cooling source
North sea

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