French nuclear group Areva's exclusion from a Finnish nuclear tender is another blow to the reputation of its EPR reactor and raises questions about France's ambitious nuclear export plans.
Finnish nuclear consortium Fennovoima said on Monday it had selected Toshiba as sole candidate to build a large nuclear reactor, dropping Areva. Areva has not sold a reactor anywhere in the world since 2007. The EPR is stalling globally. Just weeks ago British utility Centrica pulled out of plans to build EPRs in Britain with French utility EDF , and in December Italy's Enel pulled out from the construction of an EPR in Flamanville, northern France. Areva CEO Luc Oursel says he still aims to sell 10 EPRs by the end of 2016, but doubts are growing.