Worldwide Licensing process

The quality of EPR™ technology is reflected in its world-class licensing record: it has been licensed and approved by the world’s most demanding organization. Among them are the safety authorities in France, Finland and China, which have all issued construction licenses for the reactor.

It complies with the technical specification criteria issued by European electricity companies (European Utilities Requirements: EUR) and the American Electric Power Research Institute.

The EPR™ reactor has already secured construction licenses from:

  • The Finnish electricity utility Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO) signed a contract with the AREVA and Siemens consortium to build a turnkey EPR™ unit at the Olkiluoto site in Finland.
    The construction licence was obtained on February 2005.
  • On January 23, 2007, EDF ordered AREVA’s 100th nuclear reactor, which is being built in France, on the Flamanville site.
    The construction licence was awarded on April 10, 2007
  • On November 26, 2007, AREVA and CGNPC signed a contract for the supply of two EPR™ Units on the new site of Taishan in China in the context of a long-term cooperation agreement.
    The construction licence was awarded on August 2009.

UK  Regulation Agencies have issued the Design Acceptance Confirmation (DAC) and a Statement of Design Acceptability for the EPR™ reactor.

  • On August 2007 AREVA and EDF jointly launched the certification of the EPR™ reactor with the submittal of generic Safety and Environmental reports to the British Nuclear Regulators Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Environment Agency (EA).
  • In December 2012 the EPR™ was approved by UK regulators. It was granted a Design Acceptance Confirmation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and a Statement of Design Acceptability from the Environment Agency.
  • The EPR™ is the only Generation III design to have been approved in the UK after a five year long process.

The EPR™ design is currently under consideration in other countries:

  • In the United States, operators are looking into using EPR™ technology to develop their own production capacity. To this end, they launched a licensing process (a Design Certificate and a Combined Operating License) in late December 2007.

Four EPR™ reactors under construction

  • Olkiluoto 3, Finland
  • Flamanville 3, France
  • Taishan 1 & 2, China

Trusted throughout the world and featuring remarkable innovations, the EPR™ reactor offers very high performance, operational efficiency and economic competitiveness.