E.On to take stake in 2nd French EPR reactor-paper

PARIS Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:02am GMT

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PARIS Dec 14 (Reuters) - Germany's E.On EONG.DE might take an 8 percent stake in France's second new generation EPR nuclear power plant, French daily Le Figaro said on Monday.

EDF, which operates 58 nuclear reactors in 19 nuclear plants in France, is building an EPR in Flamanville and is planning a second one in Penly.

The French government said in May that French power group EDF (EDF.PA) would own half of the capital of the company operating the future Penly EPR reactor, while GDF Suez (GSZ.PA) would take a third of the capital.

GDF Suez and Total (TOTF.PA) had later said they would jointly own a 33.33 percent stake, with GDF Suez owning the bulk of the stake.

"Now, behind the EDF (EDF.PA) and GDF Suez duo, one will see ... a trio made of Total-E.ON-Enel (ENEI.MI) emerge with each owning a stake of a little over 8 percent ", the paper said, without citing its sources.

"At this stage, nothing is official. But discussions are making good progress under the lead of the government", it said.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon)