final warm-up lap for the Flamanville EPR

By Elsa Bembaron

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After twelve years of delay and 13.2 billion in expenses, the EPR of the Flamanville 3 nuclear power plant should be commissioned in 2024. SEBASTIEN SORIANO/Le Figaro

DECRYPTION – EDF is constantly improving the performance of its historic power plants and having its French EPR.

The numbers speak for themselves. Last year, EDF produced 279 terawatt hours (TWh) of nuclear electricity. Very far from its record levels above 400 TWh. From now on, the group hopes to reach this threshold in 2030. To do this, it is banking on two vectors: on the one hand the improvement of its industrial performance, based on the reduction of reactor downtime and on the other, the increase in its production capacities, essentially with the commissioning of the Flamanville EPR.

This installation is (finally) in its final stretch before it is put into service. Forgotten the twelve years of delay, the 13.2 billion in expenditure (19 billion according to the Court of Auditors), while the initial estimate was 3.4 billion euros. The teams see the end of the tunnel. “We are no longer on a construction sitewarns Alain Morvan, Flamanville 3 project director. We are carrying out the last phase of the overall tests before loading the fuel and putting…

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