French government could support nuclear life extension

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The French government is said to be willing to support a 10-year extension to the life of the country’s nuclear reactors.

The country’s Energy Minister Segolene Royal said she was ready to give the go-ahead for the limit on existing reactors to be pushed from 40 to 50 years.

Nuclear power provides about 75% of France’s electricity but the industry has recently come under the spotlight following the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.

France has pledged to reduce its reliance on nuclear to 50% by increasing renewable energy.

Royal said:”Yes, I am ready to give this the green light, depending obviously on the opinion of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) the French people have for years invested a lot in the nuclear reactors.”

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Source: Energy Voice

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