French nuclear energy company EDF has announced its offer to Gen Energija for the construction of next-generation nuclear reactors in Slovenia. After years of negotiations between the two parties, EDF has submitted a comprehensive set of technical and commercial proposals to support the construction of two EPR1200 units or alternatively one EPR unit in Slovenia.
EDF has been in talks with Gen Energija since 2019, aiming to expand its nuclear reactor technology in Europe. As part of its broader strategy, EDF is also engaged in discussions to sell its EPR reactors to Poland and the Czech Republic, while exploring potential offers from other European states. These efforts align with the growing trend of countries seeking to enhance their power supply self-sufficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
In addition to its partnership aspirations with Eastern European countries, EDF has signed cooperation agreements with several Polish firms to strengthen its relationship with the Polish industry. The company aims to fortify supply chains for reactor projects in France and Europe, including potential collaborations in Italy through a cooperation memorandum with Italy’s GIFEN, Ansaldo Nucleare, and the Associazione Italiana Nucleare.
EDF, as a state-owned enterprise, stands as a fundamental pillar of France’s nuclear renaissance initiative, spearheaded by President Emmanuel Macron. The company is currently preparing to finance and realize the construction of at least six new reactors in France, while also planning to build new reactors in the United Kingdom.
With its extensive experience in reactor construction, EDF aims to overcome challenges such as delays and budget overruns that it faced in previous projects in France and China. The company’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of nuclear energy technology underscores its determination to provide innovative and sustainable solutions for Europe’s future power needs.
1. What is EDF?
EDF, short for Électricité de France, is a French state-owned electricity company that specializes in nuclear energy.
2. What are EPR reactors?
EPR stands for European Pressurized Reactor, which is a type of advanced nuclear reactor known for its enhanced safety features and improved efficiency.
3. How many reactors is EDF planning to build in France?
EDF is preparing to finance and realize the construction of at least six new reactors in France.
4. Why is EDF focusing on building new reactors in Europe?
EDF aims to help European countries become more self-sufficient in power supply and reduce carbon emissions by providing advanced nuclear reactor technology.