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Flamanville-3 decree sets startup deadline of 2024

A decree published by the government in France’s Official Journal on 27 March has postponed the deadline for the startup of the Flamanville-3 EPR nuclear power plant to 2024, 12 years later than the original target date.

An initial decree of 10 April 2007 set a 10-year deadline and a second, published in March 2017, extended the construction period to 13 years, or the spring of 2020.

Construction of a single Generation III 1,600-MW EPR began in 2007 at the site of an existing nuclear station at Flamanville in Normandy. Initial completion was scheduled for 2012, but the project encountered a series of delays and related cost overruns.

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