Europe’s new-generation nuclear plants stagger over the start line

Years late and massively over-budget, Europe’s first EPR nuclear plants in Finland and France are on the verge of “energizing”, as the sector jargon goes. Barring last-minute glitches, this will be the final act in what must be the longest-running construction saga in the region. Finland’s 1993 vote to reject plans for a fifth reactor was one of the first stories I covered as a trainee. Readers of Power in Europe were already bored witless by all the back-and-forth on the topic when, in 2002, the government changed its mind and the project was waved through. It was another six years before construction of the new-generation, pressurized water reactor began. Now, ten years late and two-and-a-half times over budget, TVO’s Olkiluoto-3 EPR is set to spark up in 2019 ahead of full operation in 2020. Meanwhile a mere eight years late and, at Eur10.5 billion, three times over budget, EDF’s Flamanville 3 EPR in Normandy, northern France is also due to deliver first power in summer 2019. Even when complete, there is a cloud hanging over this project due to “anomalies” found in its reactor pressure vessel head, potentially requiring replacement within a few short years. Not a great start… continue reading

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