After the coronavirus crisis, it is now the heat wave that points to the vulnerability of the 57 French atomic reactors. Should nuclear power be part of the energy transition? The drop in river levels linked to the recent heatwave and the current drought have forced the two reactors at the Golfech plant on the Garonne to shut down and the Chooz plant on the Meuse to reduce its production. ‘electricity. That of Cattenom on the Moselle is under surveillance. Last summer, five French nuclear power plants saw their operation disrupted by heat waves. It is true that nuclear reactors must be cooled by large amounts of water (about 50 m³ of water per second, without cooling tower), and the temperature of the water discharged into rivers and streams cannot exceed 28 degrees. Requirements that fuel fears in the face of the proliferation of extreme weather phenomena linked to climate change.
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