France doubles down on commitment to Flamanville nuclear project

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The troubled new-generation European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) project at Flamanville nuclear power plant will go on despite delays and cost overruns, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Dec. 6.

“There are difficulties but I think we have to accept that because it is necessary,” Ayrault said in the AFP.

The total cost of building the Flamanville EPR, scheduled to go online in 2016, is now estimated at 8.5 billion euros ($11 billion), 5 billion euros ($6.5 billion) more than was planned. The announcement comes on the heels of a falling out between French energy giant EDF and the Italian firm Enel, which pulled out of the EPR project Dec. 5.

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