French state-controlled utility EDF will halt production at five more nuclear reactors by the end of the year, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday, amid worries that the shutdown would lead to a tight power supply in winter. French forward power prices rallied on concerns about further reactor downtime in coming months. The source said that out of 13 reactors on which EDF is expected to carry out tests on following a request from nuclear safety body ASN, six have restarted, and seven others will be restarted soon. An EDF spokesman declined to comment, but the company has said that the nuclear outages would not change its already restated power output forecast for the 2016.
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France’s nuclear watchdog has told EDF to conduct safety tests on five nuclear reactors before their scheduled maintenance period. The move could add further potential further pressure to the country’s tight supply situation. The regulator ASN said EDF has confirmed it would carry out the tests on the five reactors concerned within three months, earlier than previously planned. An EDF spokesman said the new schedule did not change its nuclear production outlook for this year. Nevertheless, French forward power prices climbed on the news amid concerns the situation could tighten European electricity supplies during the winter.
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