Prime Minister's representative, Superphénix project
Director in charge of restructuring Superphénix, Prefecture of the département of Isère
Eléctricité de France, delegation in charge of industrial sites, Paris
Eléctricité de France, delegation in charge of industrial sites, South-East
Seminar Social life
Thursday September 20, 2001
It was a risky gamble to construct Superphénix. Even more so since the advanced economic hypotheses to justify its operation were not borne out. Following technical modifications, the power station was on stand-by in February 1997. It could not operate without a new decree. Was it really desirable ? The government finally decided to close it down. The Prime Minister put Jean-Pierre Aubert in charge of studying the problems resulting from the abandonment of the project. It emerged that the employees of the company and its subcontractors, the local representatives, the local authorities and surrounding shopkeepers each had reason to resent the closure. Nevertheless, the decision was confirmed in February 1998 and the dismantling process had to be carefully co-ordinated. Closing down a nuclear power station is no small task : it takes several years before it is finished !
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This session was published in issue n°33 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Reconstruire.