France's energy transition law could force state-controlled utility EDF to close up to a third of its 58 nuclear reactors by 2025, according to the state audit office.
The Cour des Comptes estimates that the planned reduction of the share of nuclear in French energy production to 50% by 2025 from more than 75% now could lead to the closure of 17-20 reactors if power consumption and exports remain at current levels.
The auditor also said that it estimates the cost of upgrading EDF's ageing nuclear power stations will total some EUR 100 bill over the 2014-2030 period.
Nuclear supplies more than 11% of the world’s electricity. Today, the world produces as much electricity from nuclear energy as it did from all sources combined in 1960.
There are currently more than 436 commercial nuclear reactors operating in 30 countries, with a further 67 under construction.
For more statistics about the nuclear power, go to Nuclear Power Indicators