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Nuclear: EDF handed over its copy on possible new EPRs in France

2021-05-07T13:19:35.225Z

EDF announced Thursday that it had handed over to the government its file on the possible construction of new nuclear EPR reactors in France. "We...



EDF announced Thursday that it had handed over to the government its file on the possible construction of new nuclear EPR reactors in France.

We would like a decision to be made on the construction of new EPRs in France.

As such, the file that the government has requested on the feasibility and the conditions of such a program has just been sent to it

”, indicated the CEO of EDF, Jean-Bernard Lévy, during the general meeting of shareholders.

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France is considering renewing its nuclear fleet with six new generation EPR reactors but has not yet taken a decision.

This was postponed until after the start of the Flamanville (Manche) EPR, scheduled for the end of 2022 after numerous delays, and will therefore concern the next five-year term.

In this context, EDF was expected to submit a complete file to the government in mid-2021.

A "working document"

The entourage of the Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili confirmed Thursday having received the document "

a few days ago

".

It is a working document that corresponds to EDF's vision.

He does not commit the government,

”added the same source.

In addition, EDF is developing with other partners a small modular reactor project (or SMR for "

small modular reactor

" in English).

Called "

Nuward

", it will be intended for export by 2030.

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"

To give this product all its chances in its target markets outside France, we suggest that the next PPE provide for the construction of a first SMR in France,

" said Mr. Lévy. He was referring to the multiannual energy program (PPE), France's energy roadmap, the current version of which goes until 2028.

Source: lefigaro

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