French state-controlled utility EDF will have enough margin to meet power demand during peak consumption periods this winter, and expects more reactors to resume production by January following scheduled maintenance outages, a spokesman said on Tuesday. “Based on our current analysis as of today, we have enough margin of manoeuvre to meet demand this winter, even if we were to have extended outages at some plants,” the spokesman said. He added that the start date for EDF’s third-generation EPR pressurized water reactor in Flamanville was unchanged at end-2018, denying a media report that it could be delayed. French spot and forward electricity prices have hit new highs over the past two weeks following reports that France could face tight supplies after nuclear safety authority ASN asked EDF to carry out more tests on some reactors.
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