EPR technology has developed from some 30 years’ experience acquired in the design and operation of nuclear plants and offers improved safety, as well as enhanced environmental and financial performance.
The EPR reactor has very high safety standards. This is particularly due to the four safety systems which operate alongside each other, each one 100% capable of ensuring the two essential safety functions required to protect people and the environment in any circumstances: shutting down the nuclear reactor and cooling the reactor core. Equipment, known as the core catcher, has been specially designed to recover, contain and cool the reactor core in the event of an accident. Additionally, a concrete shell is constructed over the most sensitive parts of the installation to protect against the risk of external attack.
Since May 2006, EDF has been overseeing the construction of the first French EPR nuclear reactor, located at Flamanville, in the Manche region.
And in September 2016, EDF signed a contract with the British government for the construction of two EPRs at Hinkley Point C in the south of England. The project heralds the relaunch of nuclear power in Europe and around the world. Teams from EDF and their partners in the nuclear industry are fully committed to ensuring that these new reactors will be delivered on schedule and on budget.