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An explosion occurred at French utility EDF’s Flamanville nuclear plant on Thursday in which some people were injured, but local officials and police said there was no nuclear risk.

The Flamanville 1 and 2 reactors, each with a power of 1,300 MW, were built in the 1980s. A new reactor is being built at the site but the explosion did not take place there, said a spokesperson for the police.

The new reactor at Flamanville is EDF’s first attempt to build a next-generation EPR reactor plant, the same technology that is set to be used in the controversial Hinkley Point C power plant in the UK.

The new Flamanville reactor has been beset by problems. The project is six years behind schedule and €7bn over budget.

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