The Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset

EDF denies it wants to delay nuclear power phase-out in France

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EDF, the French state-controlled power company, has denied media reports that it intends to delay plans to reduce the amount of nuclear power in France’s energy mix by 25 years.

Under current government plans, nuclear power will be reduced to less than 50 per cent of the total energy generated in the country by 2025.

However, earlier today French television station BFM TV reported that according to a secret internal EDF plan, the share of nuclear generation in that mix will only be reduced to 50 per cent by 2050.

EDF said on its official Twitter account that it formally denied the “malicious rumours about the existence of a secret plan which sets back the 50 per cent nuclear target to 2050.”

It added it was working within the general framework of France’s 2015 energy law and would work on France’s energy transition plans with the new government.

France’s 2015 energy transition law outlined the country’s ambition to curb its dependence on atomic power by cutting the share of nuclear in its electricity mix to 50 per cent from over 75 per cent currently, while developing more renewable power.

New French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot, a well-known environmental activist, also confirmed last week that France would aim to cut the share of nuclear in its power generation to 50 per cent by 2025 and would close its oldest nuclear power plant.

EDF is also in charge of constructing the UK’s long-delayed but finally under development Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset (pictured above).

In March, it said that construction was progressing, including a sea wall, accommodation for workers and tunnels to carry cabling and pipes. 

Concerns have been raised recently that the Government’s Brexit strategy could have “serious ramifications” for the future of the UK’s nuclear industry. 

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