France’s EDF plans to build two new nuclear reactors by 2030 in a bid to start renewing its existing fleet of 58 ageing reactors, the state-controlled utility said in a document released to its unions on Thursday. The two new French reactors are part of a plan bring up to 10 European Pressurised Reactors (EPR) designed by French nuclear technology company Areva on line by 2030, EDF said in the document, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters. EDF did not detail its forecast, but four EPRs are already under construction: one in Olkiluoto, Finland and one in Flamanville, France — both years behind schedule and billions of euros over budget — and two in Taishan, China. EDF hopes the Flamanville reactor will be in service by the of end 2018.
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