|The Loire River|
Producing around 19 billion kilowatt hours each year, the nuclear plant at Bellville-sur-Loire contributes 4% of France's electricity production. Beginning operation in October 1987, its had its share of problems, even to the present day. Construction-related flaws were discovered in 2001 in relation to the unreliability of the automatic feeding of water, in the event of a defect, in the reactor's primary cooling circuit.
A recent trend, raising security concerns, is the disturbing number of sightings of drones (unmanned aircraft) over the Bellville-sur-Loire reactor, as well as other nuclear power plants around the country.