EDF is on track to start up its under construction new generation European pressurised reactor in 2023 as scheduled, despite a “strained” timetable amid the coronavirus crisis, the firm’s CEO Jean-Bernard Levy said on Wednesday. “I maintain that construction of the Flamanville 3 [reactor] will be finished at the end of next year and [that we should] see fuel loading in the last few days or weeks of 2022,” Levy told a parliamentary committee. The 1.6 GW reactor should start up commercial operation six months later, towards the middle of 2023, he added. The project is 11 years behind schedule and its original EUR 3.3bn budget has spiralled to EUR 12.4bn – although a report by auditors in July said it could cost as much as EUR 19.1bn to complete.
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