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EU: EDF’s takeover of Areva’s nuclear reactors business clears

 |  May 29, 2017

EU antitrust regulators approved on Monday French utility EDF‘s (EDF.PA) planned takeover of the nuclear reactors business of Areva (AREVA.PA), confirming a Reuters report earlier this month.

State-controlled EDF, which is the EU’s largest nuclear plant operator, wants to acquire 51 to 75 percent of Areva NP, which designs, manufactures and services nuclear reactors and is worth about 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion).

The deal is important for France, which has Europe’s largest network of nuclear plants, and uses EDF and Areva to spearhead its export efforts against competition from Russia’s Rosatom and Japan’s Hitachi (6501.T).

The Commission, which oversees competition policy in the 28-nation European Union, said it had concluded that the proposed takeover was unlikely to raise competition concerns.

In January the Commission approved a restructuring plan for Areva including 4.5 billion euros of state aid, saying it would make the company viable without unduly distorting competition.

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