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Construction for Six New Reactors Begins 2024 in France

  • By Admin
  • August 9, 2023
Recently, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the minister for France’s energy transition, announced that two new EPR reactors will be built at the current Bugey Nuclear Power Station, near Lyon, France. The expected date to begin construction was not announced but their choice of Bugey as the next site for two EPR2’s was since this site was more ready for construction. This followed earlier announcements for two reactors to be built at Penly on the coast of Normandy, and two reactors at Gravelines, located between Dunkirk and Calais. These four reactors along with the two at Bugey Nuclear Power Station will be the EPR2 reactor design, like the CE reactor design here in the states, considered a simplified version of their EPR reactor. EDF expects to begin construction at Penly by the middle of 2024. The EPR2 design is from EDF (Électricité de FranceFrance’s state-owned energy group) and Framatome (French nuclear reactor business owned by EDF, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Assytem). EDF officials have said the reactor will incorporate design, construction, and commissioning experiences derived from their EPR reactor, along with operating experience of the reactors currently in service. France has fifty-six operating reactors, second only to the U.S., which has more than ninety reactors in commercial operation. However, the French reactors account for ~70% of their electricity while in the U.S. our reactors only account for ~19% of our electricity.
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