Electricité de France (EDF) is delaying its new generation EPR reactor at Flamanville in western France by two years following two separate accidents to workers and additional safety reviews prompted by Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

Flamanville will now go online in 2016 instead of 2014, at a cost of €6bn ($8.6bn) instead of the initial estimate of €5bn ($7.2bn), said EDF.

Two accidents caused EDF to reorganize its construction planning, said the company. A worker died after a fall in January, forcing civil engineering works to be suspended for nine weeks, and another worker was killed in a fall in early June this year. Both incidents are under investigation, said EDF.

Another reason for the delay is the need to conduct ‘stress tests’ of reactors in the aftermath of the Fukushima accident, said EDF.

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