Nuclear: return to the woes of the EPR

Nuclear: return to the woes of the EPR

The EPR is a new generation reactor.Technology has seen many setbacks.

In 1995, the EPR, or “European pressurized reactor” in English, is the revival of nuclear power.The principle remains the same, nuclear fission makes it possible to generate water vapor which turns the turbines to create electricity.These latest generation reactors have many advantages.They are more powerful, have a lifespan of 60 years and their safety is improved.The four projects under construction around the world are still not functional.

In Flamanville, a 12.4 billion euro project

In France, various problems of cracks or welds have upset the schedule and the bill.The initial projectofPR of Flamanville(Some)was to be delivered in 6 years and cost 3.3 billion euros.Fifteenyearsafterwards, it is still not finished and should cost 12.4 billion euros.In Finland, the scenario is similar, the work started in 2005 is still not finished.In the UK, two reactors are still under construction and are not expected to be active until 2026.In China, the two EPRs had been delayed, but they were the only ones to perform better until the possible gas leak.