France asks EDF to prepare to build 6 EPR reactors in 15 years -Le Monde
PARIS, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The French government has asked
power utility EDF to prepare plans to construct six EPR
nuclear reactors over the next 15 years, Le Monde newspaper said
on its website on Monday.
Quoting a letter sent by Environment Minister Elisabeth
Borne and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire to EDF's chairman, Le
Monde said the company would be required to build three pairs of
EPR reactors on three sites.
State-controlled EDF declined to comment on the report, but
a French finance ministry official said it was a mission letter
and not the basis for any future decisions.
The French government's requirement is part of longer-term
planning for when EDF has completed the Flamanville 3 EPR
reactor under construction in the north of France.
The EPR model is the latest generation of reactor being
built by EDF, with complex engineering and enhanced safety
features that were put in place after the Fukushima nuclear
meltdown in Japan.
The Flamanville EPR, however, has been plagued by cost
overruns and a series of technical problems resulting in years
The plant is now expected to start operating in 2023, more
than a decade later than initially planned.
Another EPR, the Olkiluoto reactor under construction in
Finland, has also suffered years of delays and run billions of
euros over budget. So far the only two EPRs in operation are the
Taishan 1 and 2 reactors in China.
(Reporting by Matthieu Protard
Editing by David Goodman)
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