The boss at French utility firm EDF said the company is doing its best to satisfy the country’s nuclear safety regulator, which has concerns about its reactors, a news report said. The regulator has asked the company to check another 12 reactors, prolonging an outage period and exacerbating fears of a power supply deficit in winter, Reuters reported. Yesterday, EDF delayed the restart of five reactors to the end of December. Nineteen of the 58 reactors EDF operates in France are currently out of service, the report said. That represents 30.5% of French installed nuclear capacity.
Energy Voice 5th Nov 2016 read more »
French utility EDF is doing its best to have more nuclear reactors up and running but was waiting for the green light from the nuclear safety regulator to restart some of them, its chief executive said on Friday. Safety watchdog ASN has asked EDF to carry out additional checks on 12 reactors, which has prolonged their outage period and raised fears France may face a power supply squeeze this winter. Concerns over tight nuclear power availability in France, usually a net electricity exporter in Europe that depends on its 58 reactors for 75 percent of its power needs, have pushed European power prices to record highs over the past weeks.EDF on Thursday pushed back the restart of five reactors – Bugey 4, Gravelines 2, and Tricastin 1, 3 and 4 to the end of December 2016 from earlier planned dates at the end of November and mid-December.
Reuters 4th Nov 2016 read more »
French power for December delivery jumped in early morning trade Thursday after EDF extended outages at five nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 4.5 GW to the end of the year. December base was seen trading Eur23 higher day-on-day at Eur140/MWh, with traders saying the gain was mainly on the back of this news, amid temperatures seen dropping next week to more than 5 C below the seasonal norm, and week-ahead prices spiking to record highs.
Platts 3rd Nov 2016 read more »