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On 22 April 2021, Electricite de France (EDF) submitted to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) a binding techno-commercial offer to develop six EPR reactors at the Jaitapur site in Maharashtra, India with an installed capacity of 9.6 GWe. EDF said: “This major milestone for EDF, its partners and the French nuclear industry will enable discussions aimed at converging towards a binding framework agreement in the coming months.”

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsedf-signs-agreement-to-construct-six-epr-reactors-in-india-8699336

Utility also planning oversight measures for major projects France’s state-controlled utility and nuclear plant operator EDF aims to unveil a new, cheaper-to-build version of its EPR reactor technology by mid-2021, the company said on Thursday.

EDF said that the next generation EPR, known as the EPR 2, would benefit from a reduction in preparatory studies leading to significant cost reductions.

The company said it was also planning on bringing in new oversight measures for its major projects, after a government audit last year highlighted planning deficiencies and poor coordination at some sites.

The audit pointed to several issues besetting the wider French nuclear industry, including a lack of specific skills at EDF, poor project management and problems the group has had in integrating the nuclear business of its failed competitor Areva.

EDF said it had made progress on a plan to align France’s nuclear industry with “the highest standards of diligence, quality and excellence required for the successful completion of nuclear projects”.

Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/company-says-it-will-unveil-epr-2-reactor-technology-in-2021-10-5-2020

A group of French companies on 17 September, during the International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference in Vienna, announced a joint project, Nuward, aimed at the development of a small modular reactor (SMR) to meet the growing world demand for decarbonised, safe and competitive electricity generation.

Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-looks-to-develop-smrs-7420820

Several key agreements were signed during the first visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to China in the company of a business delegation.

Date: Thursday, 11 January 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-and-france-sign-several-agreements-6025527

Corporate restructuring of the French nuclear sector is "on track and major milestones have been successfully achieved", Bernard Fontana, CEO of French engineering company Areva NP, said yesterday. These milestones include re-focusing Areva NP on its core business since July 2016 and the ongoing transfer of the company's assets to a "financially sound and cash-generating" subsidiary, namely New NP.

Date: Friday, 15 September 2017
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Areva-NP-chief-highlights-restructuring-progress

French utility EDF said on 14 February that it would deliver positive cash flow next year before it has to invest in upgrading its ageing French nuclear plants and building new reactors in the UK. Announcing its financial results for 2016, EDF,  which is 85% state-owned, said group sales were €71.203bn ($75.630bn), down 5.1%. Operating profit was up 75.6% at €7.514bn, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation were 6.7% lower, at €16.414bn, following the temporary closure of about a third of its French reactors last year for safety checks. The group's share of net income grew 140.2% to €2.851bn on lower impairment losses and an extension to 50 years of the accounting depreciation period of its 900MWe pressurised water reactors in France.

Date: Thursday, 16 February 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsedf-sales-down-but-improvement-expected-in-2018-5741134

The GBP18bn ($24bn) agreement for construction of the Hinkley Point C NPP was signed behind closed doors in London on 29 September in a low-key ceremony attended by UK Business Secretary Greg Clark, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and China's National Energy Administration Director Nur Bekri. The final agreements enabling construction of two EPR units at Hinkley to proceed were signed by the UK government, major investor EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN), which has a 33.5% share in the project.

Date: Tuesday, 04 October 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshinkley-agreement-signed-at-last-5023406

Five labour union representatives in the Electricite de France (EDF) board of directors on 31 August filed a legal complaint in an attempt to annul approval of the Hinkley Point C NPP project in southwest England. The EDF board announced its decision on 28 July but the new UK government then refused to approve the project, saying it planned to review it again in “early autumn”. In a joint statement, three unions – CGT, CFE-CGC and FO – alleged that the French government and EDF CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy knew about the UK’s intentions to take additional time to review the project. "Some board members found out that they had not received the same level of information as the CEO and government representatives" the unions said. Under these conditions, there was “no justification to rush” the decision during the board meeting and “intentionally hide this important information”.

Date: Friday, 02 September 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-hurdles-for-hinkley-4996027

Electricite de France will delay the final decision on whether to proceed with its GBP18bn ($26bn) NPP at Hinkley Point C in the UK by several months, Bloomberg reported on 22 April, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshinkley-point-indecision-continues-4872843

Electricite de France (EDF) CEO Jean-Bernard Levy expects the company to take a final investment decision on the Hinkley Point C nuclear project in the UK this year, Reuters reported. "We are working with our Chinese partners to complete the discussion that we are having and announce a final investment decision very soon," Mr Levy was quoted as telling a Brussels conference on energy yesterday. Asked whether "very soon" meant this year, Mr Levy said "if in my thinking very soon did not mean this year, I would be disingenuous". EDF is planning to build two Areva 1,600MWe EPR units at Hinkley Point.

Date: Thursday, 25 February 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshinkley-decision-expected-this-year-4821589