After an initial proposal (1965) of a Nuclear Power Plant in the region was abandoned due to falling oil prices and a conflict between the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and Électricité de France (EdF) in 1969. In 1973 EdF announced a new nuclear project and the French Ministry for Quality of Life confirmed Golfech as the location for the plant in 1974. In 1975, a referendum organized by the cantons of Valence-d'Agen and Auvillar resulted in 83% of vote against the establishment of the Golfech power station. In April 1978, the Midi-Pyrénées regional council unanimously voted against the establishment of the Golfech power plant. Despite widespread protest, in December 1978, EDF specified that Golfech was the site definitively chosen for the Midi-Pyrénées region and that it would include 4 pressurized water reactors of 1,300 MW.