Nuclear: risks of further delays and additional costs for the Flamanville EPR. The discovery of weld defects on the pipe fittings of the third generation reactor located in the English Channel could lead EDF to review an already tight schedule. Another disappointment on the cursed site of the third generation EPR reactor in Flamanville (Manche). At the beginning of March, EDF informed the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) of new welding difficulties on the pipes, which could have, in the medium term, an impact on the schedule and the invoice for the project, launched in 2007. The EPR was supposed to be connected to the grid in 2012 and cost 3.3 billion euros. It is now scheduled for start-up in 2023 and should cost, according to EDF, 12.4 billion euros. The Court of Auditors, it estimates that the total bill would rather be 19.1 billion.
Le Monde 17th March 2021 read more »