The French Embassy will hold, on November 26-27 2008, a seminar to present French technology in terms of electric production using the civil nuclear and more specifically the offer of Areva in the area. This seminar follows several other events already organized in Tunisia by South Africans and Canadians.
The Ambassador, Serge Degallaix organised yesterday Wednesday, November 19th 2008, a press communication, with Fékih Ali Mustapha, Head of project of the nuclear electric station in Tunisia. This latter, without too many details leaving them for the General Manager Othmane Ben Arfa, briefly presented the results of the feasibility study during the two years which folloed the Tunisian presidential decision, made in November 2006. He will, however, say that two sites have finally, up to now, been selected for this station. The two sites are on the Tunisian coast, one in the North and the other in the South. He will also say that this nuclear electric station will have a capacity of 1000 Megawatt. And even though we learned that some Tunisian technicians are already being trained with Areva, it is confirmed that the Tunisian party, «even though the AIEA advised to adopt a technology with past accomplishments». The final decision will not be made before 2011.
During this same meeting, we will learn that the French prime minister, François Fillon, would visit Tunisia on an official mission, following the invitation from his Tunisian colleague Mohamed Ghannouchi, and that on the occasion, the two countries will sign the agreement on the civil nuclear already prepared by Tunis and Paris during the last visit of Sarkozy in Tunisia.