January 19, 2010 / 7:54 AM / 9 years ago

EDF denies report nuclear reactor running late

PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) - French power company EDF (EDF.PA) denied a report it was struggling to complete its new-generation nuclear power plant in Flamanville, northern France, on time and said the facility was on track.

Le Figaro newspaper reported on Tuesday that the 1,600-megawatt European Pressurised Reactor (EPR), due to be completed in 2012, was running at least two years late, citing certain sources close to the matter.

“We’re sticking to what we said: the reactor will start in 2012, followed by commercial electricity production in 2013,” an EDF spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday.

The newspaper attributed the delays to several reasons: Flamanville is a prototype, the group’s engineering skills have not been renewed as older engineers and technicians retire and demands by the French nuclear authority (ASN) are taking more time that previously planned. (Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Sharon Lindores)

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