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News Extra: France to close 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 - Macron 03 December 2018

President Emmanuel Macron said on November 27 that France would shut down 14 of the 58 nuclear reactors currently in operation by 2035, of which six will be closed by 2028. The total includes the previously announced shutdown of France's two oldest reactors in Fessenheim, eastern France, which Macron said was now set for summer 2020....

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EDF increases cost estimate for Flamanville reactor after factoring in repairs for quality deficiencies 25 July 2018

France’s state electricity generator Electricite De France (EDF) has put the cost of repairing recently discovered flaws at the new EPR reactor being built at Flamanville in Normandy at 400 million euros ($468 million). This takes the total cost of the project to 10.9 billion euros, more than three times its original budget....

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French nuclear watchdog calls discovery of new weld defects at Flamanville “serious”. 13 April 2018

The President of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), Pierre-Franck Chevet, told a Senate committee that new defects unearthed on April 10 at the Flamanville nuclear power station being built on the Normandy coast were “serious”. This follows the latest discovery of faulty welds in critical pipework at the plant....

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Five French nuclear reactors with Japanese parts ordered to close down and undergo safety tests 19 October 2016

France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has ordered the country’s main power generator Électricité de France (EDF) to conduct checks at five nuclear reactors ahead of scheduled maintenance, citing potential weakness in critical forged parts manufactured by a Japanese company. The company, Japan Casting & Forging Corp. (JCFC), is also under scrutiny by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority....

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UK Government confirms Hinkley Point C nuclear project 15 September 2016

The UK Government issued the following press release on September 15: “Government confirms Hinkley Point C project following new agreement in principle with EDF - Ministers impose significant new safeguards for future foreign investment in critical infrastructure.”...

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UK Government announces surprise review of Hinkley Point C nuclear project 29 July 2016

The plan to build a new £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset suffered an eleventh-hour delay late on July 28 when the UK government said it would hold a new review hours after EDF, the project’s French developer, gave it the go-ahead. Greg Clark, the business and energy secretary, said that the Government would carefully consider the project before making a final decision in early autumn....

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EDF says Brexit no barrier to development of Hinkley Point C nuclear project 05 July 2016

French energy utility EDF on July 4 said Britain's referendum vote to quit the European Union was no barrier to its plan to develop a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The company made the statement to mark the end of a process of consultation with its works council of employee representatives, a process required under French law before a company can undertake a major project....

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Inquiry into French nuclear plant pressure vessel problems reveals series of "irregularities" 18 May 2016

The upper and bottom head of the reactor pressure vessel for the EPR reactor installed at the Flamanville nuclear power plant, currently under construction, were manufactured at Areva’s Le Creusot Forge facility in central France in 2006 and 2007. In 2014, tests on a vessel head similar to that of the Flamanville EPR revealed the steel had "lower than expected mechanical toughness values"....

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France’s energy minister expresses doubts over UK nuclear power project 16 May 2016

In an interview with the Financial Times, French energy minister Ségolène Royal said she was worried at the impact the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear project would have on the balance sheet of state-owned utility EDF, which will make a final decision whether or not to go ahead with the project in September....

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French nuclear power at crossroads 25 April 2016

Nuclear energy is the primary source of energy in France, generating 77% of the country’s electricity, the largest share of any country in the world. This situation is due to the French government deciding in 1974, just after the first oil shock, to rapidly expand the country's nuclear power capacity, harnessing the country’s engineering expertise and enabling it to bypass its relative lack of native energy resources....