German utilities ponder new reactor

Several large nuclear utilities have notified the German government that they are negotiating with Electricite de France (EdF) to take part in building a 1600 MWe demonstration EPR - advanced European Pressurised Water Reactor - in France. German utilities have participated in the earlier development of the type. Their letter is a brief courtesy notification, but means the utilities are asserting their legal right to invest in new nuclear capacity, regardless of the phase-out agreement applying to current reactors in the country. The first reactor to be closed on political rather than economic grounds is likely to be EnBW's Obrgheim plant, in 2005. It is the smallest and oldest in operation. The uneconomic Stade plant closed last October.

Zdroj: World Nuclear Association

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