French nuclear watchdog extends lifespan of EDF's ageing reactors

FILE PHOTO: France's oldest Electricite de France (EDF) nuclear power station, outside the eastern French village of Fessenheim, France, February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - More than half of EDF's nuclear reactors can operate for a decade longer than originally planned following maintenance work at the energy company's plants, France's nuclear safety watchdog ASN said on Thursday.

It said EDF's 32 900 Megawatt reactors would now have a lifespan of 50 years rather than 40.

The long-awaited ruling comes as many of state-controlled EDF's 58 nuclear plants, built in the 1970s and 1980s, are coming to the end of their lifespan.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Sarah White; Editing by David Clarke)

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