EDF aims to build 4-5 nuclear plants in Britain

25th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 25, 2007 (AFP) - France's state-owned EDF is looking for sites in Britain to build four or five nuclear plants, the chairman of the power giant said in a newspaper interview Friday.

PARIS, May 25, 2007 (AFP) - France's state-owned EDF is looking for sites in Britain to build four or five nuclear plants, the chairman of the power giant said in a newspaper interview Friday.

"We believe that if the UK authorities move fast, a new nuclear plant could come on line within 10 years, roughly 2017," EDF chairman Pierre Gadonneix told The Wall Street Journal.

The nuclear plants would be built with the same design as the planned 1,600-megawatt European Pressurized Water Reactor in Flamanville, Normandy, which should be operational in 2012.

Gadonneix said that EDF was looking for sites to build the plants and plan to ask British authorities in the coming weeks for a pre-licensing agreement for the water-reactor technology being developed by the state-owned nuclear engineering company Areva.

The chairman of EDF, the world's largest nuclear power plant operator, declined to say how much the project would cost but analysts quoted by the newspaper estimated the investment at between 13 and 16 billion euros (18 and 22 billion dollars).

Gadonneix said EDF was ready to consider joint ventures with British energy concerns and other companies but would want to maintain responsibility for operating the plants.

He said that construction of the new plants would be faster if it were carried out on existing nuclear power plant sites.

Britain currently has 12 nuclear sites, many built in the 1960s and 1970s, which generate about 25 percent of the country's electricity.

The British government this week outlined a plan for meeting future energy, stressing nuclear power would likely play a key role, despite opposition from green groups.

The Energy White Paper, which aims to tackle looming problems of climate change and energy security, was launched in London alongside a five-month public consultation on the use of nuclear power.


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