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The nuclear industry and the crisis (1970-1985)

In the 1970s, STUP greatly diversified its business and came to play an important part in the construction of nuclear plants around the world. In 1974, the company signed its biggest prestressing contract for the construction of the nuclear containment vessels for EDF's plants at Tricastin, Dampierre and Gravelines in France. Between 1970 and 1985, STUP (which became Freyssinet International in 1976) built a total of 44 nuclear containment vessels in France, and another 35 in the rest of the world.

Daya-Bay nuclear plant (China)

However, despite the company's strong growth from the mid-1970s, the profits were not there. The oil crises exacerbated the situation and led Freyssinet to restructure and sell some of its international subsidiaries.

Documentary sources:

- La trace des bâtisseurs, histoire du Groupe VINCI - Dominique Barjot, 2003

- Freyssinet Magazine,
- Sols et Structures,
- Association Eugène Freyssinet.