The CEO of EDF was a little excited by confirming, in Le Monde Friday, the construction of six new EPR type nuclear reactors in France. On Europe 1 this morning, Elisabeth Borne denies the words of Jean-Bernard Lévy. ” J ‘I was surprised. It is not EDF or its CEO who set the energy policy of the country, “says the Minister of Ecological Transition, recalling the commitment to reduce to 50% of the share of nuclear power in France by 2035. These six EPR are ” One of many scenarios “. ” What we expect from EDF is first of all explanations about Flamanville’s cost overruns and delays.She adds, annoyed. Understandably, the government is trying to be discreet about the construction of these EPRs. Mid-September, Borne and Le Maire wrote to Lévy, according to Le Monde , setting a precise roadmap for ” the execution of a program to build three pairs of reactors on three separate sites “. 3 x 2 = 6. Sacred coincidence.
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France has not yet made a decision on possible new nuclear reactors, said Monday the Minister in charge of Energy, Elisabeth Borne. The government’s roadmap for the construction of six European pressurized reactors (EPRs) revealed last week “is one of many scenarios,” she told Europe1. “The President of the Republic (Emmanuel Macron) made it clear: there will be no decision on new reactors before the commissioning of Flamanville,” said the minister, referring to the new generation reactor that built EDF in northwestern France.
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France has yet to decide whether to build new nuclear reactors and could yet pursue a long-term strategy of 100% renewable energy, Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Monday. The minister was responding to questions on Europe 1 radio after the CEO of state-controlled power utility EDF (EDF.PA) last week said it is clear France is preparing to build new reactors. EDF operates all of France’s 58 nuclear reactors, which account for more than 75% of the country’s electricity needs. “EDF does not determine French energy policy,” Borne said, pointing to France’s previously announced policy on reducing the nuclear power to 50% of the electricity mix by 2035 while increasing the contribution of renewables.
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After years of backing away from nuclear power, France suddenly wants to build six huge reactors. 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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