The French group EDF announced on Wednesday new delays and additional costs for the new generation EPR nuclear reactor under construction in Flamanville (Manche), which fall badly while President Emmanuel Macron wants to build new units on French soil.
Date shifted to the second quarter of 2023
“The fuel loading date is postponed from the end of 2022 to the second quarter of 2023. The estimate of the cost at completion goes from 12.4 billion euros to 12.7 billion”, indicates the group in a press release.
Initial cost multiplied by four
The new-generation Flamanville reactor, whose construction began in December 2007, was initially due to be commissioned in 2012, but its site was affected by many setbacks and additional costs. The initial cost has almost quadrupled.
“The main point of delay in the planning is linked to the activities of reworking the welds on the secondary circuit”, which will end at the end of August instead of April, explained to journalists Xavier Ursat, executive director in charge of the Engineering and EDF new nuclear projects.
The Covid crisis also had “a diffuse impact”, he added.
The government will ensure that EDF “learns the lessons of the various delays” accumulated, underlined the spokesman of the government Gabriel Attal.
The government will be “vigilant” there, with the objective of “improving the industrial process”, he explained after the Council of Ministers.
“Shipwreck”, “fiasco”: the presidential candidates Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI) and environmentalist Yannick Jadot (EELV) criticized the new delays and additional costs of the EPR of Flamanville.