Finally! An EPR (European Pressurized Reactor) reactor made its first chain reaction at the beginning of June 2018. It was in Taishan, China, 60 km southwest of Hong Kong, that this European water reactor under pressure was built by EDF and its Chinese partner CGN (China General Nuclear Power Corporation), which holds 70%. Yves Marignac, director of Wise-Parissays this is ” false good news ” for the French nuclear industry, which does not transform into success an industrial program that fails anywhere else in China. Above all, ” it’s a thing that technology works, but it does not make it an attractive and competitive technology ,” he says, adding that ” EDF has already acknowledged that the EPR is not a future model since they evoke an optimized EPR, 30% cheaper “.
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