By Alice Dore
France is expected to start construction of its first second-generation EPR nuclear reactor by the time President Emmanuel Macron's term in office ends in 2027, the country's Energy Transition Ministry said Tuesday.
"As far as the reactor's start-up is concerned, the latest schedule that has been the subject of an external audit sees commercial operation starting from 2035-36," a member of Energy Transition Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher's cabinet said.
The new reactor is expected to be installed at the Penly nuclear power plant on the northern coast of the country.
On Monday, France's government tabled a bill which aims to simplify procedures to reduce delays in the construction of new nuclear reactors.
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