EPR: a proven and robust nuclear reactor for high energy demand
Gross power output
12 - 24months
Operation cycle length
The EPR nuclear reactor
The most powerful nuclear reactor worldwide, the EPR reactor has been designed with the highest standards of safety as well as optimised technical, economic and environmental performance.
The EPR nuclear reactor: cutting-edge, safe, respectful of the environment
Benefitting from unrivalled operating performance, EPR is the only Generation III+ nuclear reactor in the world, already licensed by four recognised nuclear authorities: in France, the United Kingdom, Finland and China.
✓ A proven technical configuration for Generation III+ reactors resulting from 60 years of experience and mature PWR technology
✓ Nuclear safety is our overriding priority and is at the forefront of what we do.
✓ A GEN III+ technology with the highest standards of safety with strong resistance:
- Design taking into account external extreme hazards
- Post-Fukushima requirements integrated in the design
- Resistance to severe accident as per design: very low frequency of severe accident
✓ Outstanding operating performance with an availability over 90%
✓ An unbeatable flexibility thanks to load-following: capacity to adjust its power up to 80% in 30 minutes twice a day as per design
✓ A highly dispatchable solution with an availability 24 hours a day 7 days a week on demand
✓ A high degree of localisation to boost our clients’ economy
✓ Carbon-free electricity generation avoiding 10,5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per reactor per year
✓ Biodiversity preservation thanks to a limited land footprint and high energy density
Building a long-term partnership
EDF manages the entire nuclear power plant lifecycle
A potential of more than 30 EPR reactors by 2050
With a potential of more than 30 EPR reactors across the world, EDF is fully engaged in nuclear new build activities and is committed to supporting its domestic program as well as several countries in their nuclear energy development.
EPR under development in the European Union (EPR under discussion through tendering processes or bilateral discussions): Poland 4 to 6, Czech Republic 1+3, Slovenia 1, The Netherlands 1.
United Kingdom: 2 ERP under development, 2 EPR under construction.
Finland: 1 EPR under commissioning (Fuel loaded - Project not under EDF's responsability).
France: 6 EPR under development & 6 EPR in option, 1 EPR under commissioning.
India: 6 EPR under development.
China: 2 EPR under operation.