Flamanville EPR: visualize how the cost and duration of the construction site have tripled since 2007. In 2007, the project was to last five years at a cost of 3.3 billion euros. It should finally last fifteen years for an estimated bill of eleven billion. On April 11, 2007, the decree “authorizing the creation of the basic nuclear installation called Flamanville 3” is published in the Official Journal . This European pressurized water reactor (EPR) is to be built in five years for an amount of 3.3 billion euros. But the shipyard located in the north of the Channel has been delayed: defective welds, concrete slabs to be reinforced, a hardening of standards related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The EPR should not be completed before the end of the year 2022, at best, fifteen years of construction, three times more than originally planned. Not only does the construction spread over time, but it adds to the bill: from 3.3 billion euros envisaged in 2007, we go to 6 billion in 2011, to 9 billion in 2015 and 11 billion euros in 2019, a budget multiplied by 3.3 in twelve years.
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The heatwave will not affect nuclear production – EDF. The week of heat wave in France is not expected to affect nuclear production because the snow melting of the Alps feeds the rivers used for cooling reactors, said a spokesman for EDF Montel Monday. Météo France forecasts temperatures between 35 and 40 ° C in the vast majority of regions, exceeding 40 ° C in places. “There is no loss of production expected this week,” said the spokesman for EDF, noting that no modulation of production was planned. “The melting of the Alpine basins, which has been delayed in May, is well underway,” he added.
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The French government plans to increase the amount of nuclear energy utility EDF is forced to sell to its competitors by 50 percent to 150 terawatt hours and is in talks with the European Commission to potentially raise the fixed price. The government aims to have both measures ready before the November auction window of the so-called ARENH market mechanism, under which EDF’s rivals bid for wholesale nuclear electricity for the year ahead, the energy ministry said.
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