In an interview with financial daily Les Echos, EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy called for a subsidy scheme for the construction of new nuclear plants modelled on the agreement that EDF has signed with the British government to build reactors in Hinkley point. Asked about whether EDF thought it was possible to reduce the share of nuclear energy in France’s electricity mix to 50 percent by 2025 from 75 percent now, Levy said that he hoped that in the future EDF would take part in the formulation of French energy policy. He did not specify when he thought France could reach that target, which has been put into law by the previous, Socialist, government and taken over by the new government of President Emmanuel Macron.
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[Machine Translation] The Saint-Alban Saint-Maurice nuclear power plant is undergoing a revamp. One of its two production units has been shut down since 17 February to allow scheduled maintenance operations. EDF wishes to ensure that its power stations operate beyond 40 years. In the bowels of the nuclear power plant, an interlacing of pipes and valves recalls the engine room of an enormous ship. It is therefore not surprising that EDF uses a naval term to define major maintenance works for its power stations. The “Grand Carénage” is a 48 billion euro renovation and modernization program designed to extend the life expectancy of 56 reactors beyond 40 years. Philippe Coïc, deputy director of this program, explains that in the United States, power stations have been approved to operate for up to 60 years. It is therefore not excluded that the French sites are brought to such a longevity.
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