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France’s EdF Warns Of 4.5GW Nuclear Capacity Cuts Amid Heatwave


France’s EdF has warned on Monday of potential capacity cuts of up to 4.5GW at two of its power plants in southern France from 20 August onwards due to high temperatures in the Rhone river, a remit message showed.

  • The capacity cuts could affect the Bugey and Tricastin facilities.
  • Maximum temperatures in Marseille, southern France, are forecast to reach up to 35.5 °C on 21 August, according to Bloombergs ECMWF forecast, which could support electricity demand for cooling. Power consumption is forecast to reach 51.9GW on 21 August, RTE data show, which could support some gas output for power generation in case of lower nuclear output.
  • Natural gas reserves in France stood at 82.22% of capacity as of 13 August.
  • French nuclear reactor availability stood at 58% on Tuesday, down from 60% on Monday amid a new outage at the Cattenom 3 reactor on 14-15 August and an extension to the Penly 1 outage until 15 August.

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