This week Le Monde reported that the government asked EDF, the country’s main state-controlled energy company, to work up plans to build three new nuclear plants, each with a pair of its EPR reactors. The third-generation design produces enough electricity to supply 1.5 million people, and automatically shuts down and cools in the event of an accident. It doesn’t appear that any developments are final—or even funded—at this stage. But energy experts were surprised by the news because it seemed to suggest France is adjusting its stance on nuclear. Plus early efforts to build the same style of pressurized-water reactor have been plagued with cost overruns and repeated delays.
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Nuclear: the construction of new EPR would be “absurd on the industrial level”, according to the association negaWatt. Yves Marignac, spokesman for the negaWatt association, denounces the “absurdity” of the government’s request to EDF to consider the construction of new nuclear reactors.
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A strike by employees at French utility EDF in protest against a plan to restructure the state-controlled company reduced power generation at several nuclear, hydro and gas-fired power plants on Thursday, company data showed. EDF said the production restriction was likely to continue throughout the day until the end of the national strike. The data showed that power generation was down at four nuclear reactors, two gas-fired generators and several hydropower stations with the cumulative outage at 3.7 (gigawatts) GW by 0530 GMT.
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