The Nuclear power station Paluel (French: Centrale nucléaire de Paluel) lies within the French town Paluel in Normandy in the Département Seine-Maritime. The nuclear power plant, which consists of four 1330 MWe class pressurized water reactors, is about 40 kilometers far away from the city of Dieppe and employs approx. 1,250 full time workers. The operator is the French company EDF. Water from the English Channel is used for cooling.

The installed total output of 5.528 GW makes it second largest nuclear power stations in France. By electrical output it is second place in France and seventh place worldwide. It feeds on average 32 billion kilowatt-hours into the public electricity grid every year.

In the past, there were problems with the cooling of the plant due to blockage of cooling water from the English Channel, which causes an automatic reactor trip.

The blockage has been caused in part by seasonally-present macroalgae, and EDF is pursuing possible solutions to prevent its entrainment with Gunderboom, Inc.


Reaktorblock] Net power Total power Construction start Construction finish Commercial operation Shut down
Paluel 1 1,330 MW 1,382 MW 15.08.1977 22.06.1984 01.12.1985 2025 planned
Paluel 2 1,330 MW 1,382 MW 01.01.1978 04.09.1984 01.12.1985 2025 planned
Paluel 3 1,330 MW 1,382 MW 01.02.1979 30.09.1985 01.02.1986 2026 planned
Paluel 4 1,330 MW 1,382 MW 01.02.1980 11.04.1986 01.06.1986 2026 planned

Paluel Nuclear Power Plant
Country France
Operator EDF
Built 1977
Start of commercial operation June 22, 1984
Reactors active 4 (5,528 MWth)
Total power generation in 2006 34,402 GW·h
Average annual generation (last 5 yrs) 33,714 GW·h
Net generation 689,640 GW·h
Other details
Site c/o Betreibers
As of July 22, 2007