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Eiffage signs contract with EDF for civil engineering at Penly EPR2 site

EDF has filed an application to build the first pair of EPR2 nuclear power plants at Penly.

Preparatory work on the construction France’s new generation of EPR nuclear power plants could begin in the middle of next year if state energy company EDF receives all permits.

France-based civil engineering construction company Eiffage revealed the schedule after it said it had signed a contract with EDF to carry out the main civil engineering works for the first pair of EPR2-type nuclear power plants at the existing Penly nuclear site in northern France.

Eiffage said the contract, signed through subsidiary Eiffage Génie Civil, “has a value greater than four billion euros” ($4.3bn).

The contract includes the construction of two units, including 69 civil structures, the company said. The civil engineering phase will include the construction of the reactor containment buildings, the turbine hall buildings and a six-storey operation building.

In July, EDF filed an application to build the first pair of EPR2 nuclear power plants at Penly.

France has also announced plans for pairs of EPR2 units at Gravelines in northern France and Bugey in eastern France.

The construction programme of six reactors will cost an estimated €52bn.

Date: Friday, 24 November 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/preparatory-construction-work-on-new-generation-of-nuclear-plants-to-begin-mid-2024-11-4-2023