EDF has received authorization from the State to operate its EPR at Flamanville (Manche), a formal regulatory step under the energy code. “By decree of the Minister for Ecological Transition dated August 30, 2021, the company Electricité de France is authorized, under the energy code, to operate a third generation pressurized water nuclear power plant. (EPR), with a production capacity of 1,675 MW, located in the town of Flamanville ”, indicates the text published in the Official Journal.
It is also specified that “this authorization does not exempt its beneficiary from obtaining the titles and authorizations required by other legislation”.
Delays and an exploding cost
The Flamanville EPR, construction of which began in December 2007, was initially due to be commissioned in 2012, but its site was affected by many setbacks. Its cost currently stands at 12.4 billion euros according to EDF, against 3.3 billion expected before the start of the work.
The latest difficulty is that anomalies have been detected on the branch welds (part of a pipe that connects it to another or to a receptacle). The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) will soon vote on EDF’s proposals to resolve this problem. The company is targeting fuel loading at the end of 2022. A schedule that the president of ASN described in May as “very tight”.