France could shut next two nuclear reactors sooner than expected


France could shut down its next two nuclear reactors in 2025-2026 if market conditions are right, earlier than expected as it presses ahead with plans to close 14 reactors by 2035, a government consultation document showed on Tuesday.

Nuclear-dependent France aims to reduce the share of atomic power in its electricity generation to 50% by 2035 from 75% currently, according to Reuters.

France’s oldest two reactors at the Fessenheim nuclear plant will stop production in February and June this year. The next closures had been expected in 2027-2028.

“If certain conditions relating to electricity prices and the evolution of the European electricity market are met, the closure of two additional reactors could happen in 2025-2026,” the public consultation document on energy policy said.


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