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Brussels, 24 October 2006

The Commission approves the construction of a new nuclear power plant in France

The European Commission has sent the French authorities a favourable opinion[1] on the investment project for the construction of an EPR nuclear power plant – an ordinary pressurised water reactor with a power output of 1630 MW – at the Flamanville site.

Under Article 41 et seq. of the Euratom Treaty, persons and undertakings engaged in the industrial sectors relating to nuclear activities must notify the Commission of investment projects relating to new installations and also to replacements or conversions.

The EPR (European Pressurised Water Reactor) design has been developed since the 1990s by EDF and AREVA-ANP, in partnership with German electricity companies. The EPR project is aimed at achieving the highest possible level of nuclear safety, environmental protection and economic performance. The EPR uses 17% less fuel than the types of reactor currently operating in France. Its expected service life is 60 years.

[1] Under Article 41 et seq. of the Euratom Treaty concerning investments in the nuclear field.

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