Thanks to the mobilization of the teams to carry out the final tests and technical instructions to ensure that the installation is fully operational and compliant with the highest safety standards, the Flamanville 3 EPR is technically ready to engage its commissioning.

Following in-depth discussions with EDF, the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has decided to launch a public consultation from 27 March to 17 April 2024 on its draft decision authorising the commissioning of the Flamanville 3 EPR[1]. This new stage in the procedure means that the nuclear fuel loading can be expected in a few weeks[2].

Following this consultation, the ASN will be in a position to authorise the commissioning of the plant, enabling the first nuclear fuel loading, followed by start-up operations. Connection to the national grid is scheduled for summer 2024[3].