Nuclear power plants in the harbor, abyssal debt … The Herculean construction sites of the new boss of EDF


The Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plant (Ardèche), in the Rhône valley. Gerald Villena – stock.adobe.com

DECRYPTION – Luc Rémont will have to tackle extremely urgent projects, long-term issues, and a lot of negotiations.

Luc Remont will resume this Wednesday an EDF at its lowest. The group lives in a besieged fortress. Besieged by the state, which wants to make it pay the bill for the energy crisis; besieged by Brussels, which wants to dismember it in the name of European competition rules; besieged by anti-nuclear forces, too.

The polytechnician arrives in a company going through multiple crises. “His challenge today is to understand in detail the sum of the negative externalities of which EDF has been the victim for ten years and then to disregard them to project five or ten years ahead”summarizes his friend the lawyer François Sureau.

Restarting the nuclear fleet

On the night of Monday to Tuesday, two days before the arrival of Luc Rémont at the head of the company, EDF announced two new delays in restarting reactors. The group is engaged in a race against time to restart as many reactors as possible before the first winter cold. In case of failure, France is guaranteed to suffer power cuts…

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