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FACTBOX-Nuclear power plants planned in Europe

April 23 (Reuters) - Nuclear power is seen by some European countries as an effective way to keep up electricity supplies while cutting emissions of climate warming gases produced when fossil fuels are burnt.

Lingering concerns over nuclear safety, waste disposal and costs have limited the sector’s growth in western Europe but several central and eastern European countries are keen to build them as a way of reducing their reliance on imported fuels.

Below are the nuclear plants being built or planned across Europe:

FINLAND - Building a fifth nuclear reactor, the 1,600 MWe Olkiluoto-3 European Pressurised Reactor (EPR), which is expected to come on line in mid 2012. [ID:nLD573803]

FRANCE - Building a 1,600 MWe EPR at Flamanville, which is expected to begin operation in 2012. France announced plans in January 2009 to build another one at its Penly power station. [ID:nLT288693]

ROMANIA - Plans to build two 720 MW reactors at its existing two-reactor power station at Cernavoda by 2015. [ID:nLK304690]

SLOVAKIA - Two 470 MW units being built at Mochovce and expected to operate from 2011-12. [ID:nL3328327]

BULGARIA - Is preparing to build two 1,000 MW Russian reactors at Belene which are expected to begin operations in 2014 but may be delayed. [ID:nLL621277]

POLAND - Planning to build some nuclear power capacity but initially is likely to join a joint project in Lithuania, with Estonia and Latvia which is planned to open in 2018. [ID:nLS682048]

TURKEY - Plans to have three nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 4,500 MWe operating by 2012-15. [ID:nLH698979]

BRITAIN - Many of Europe’s leading utilities began bidding in mid-March for land to build new nuclear power plants on in England and Wales.

Source: World Nuclear Association, International Atomic Energy Agency, Reuters research. (Reporting by Daniel Fineren)