France was a net importer of power in Week 14 (April 5-11) as cold temperatures saw power demand rise sharply after the Easter weekend, while a combination of planned and forced outages in EDF’s nuclear fleet saw its generation at a six-month low. Over the week, France imported, on average, 0.9 GW compared with exports of 6.8 GW in Week 13, as imports from Belgium/Germany hit the highest since Week 1 and flows to Spain reversed. Exports to Italy, Switzerland and the UK were down significantly week on week.
S&P Global 12th April 2021 read more »
What if a nuclear disaster in France wiped Luxembourg off the map? A formidably effective documentary-fiction to recall the threat of the atom. For several years, Luxembourg has been calling on France to shut down the Cattenom power plant in Lorraine, which 35 kilometers separate from its capital and whose security system it considers to be faulty. But Paris and EDF for the moment remain deaf to this demand, the power station, commissioned in 1986 for a period then set at thirty years, producing a significant portion of French energy. This dispute inspired director Julien Becker to write the material for this documentary-fiction in the form of an anticipatory thriller. What would happen if an accident in Cattenom one day triggered a catastrophe of the magnitude of those of Chernobyl or Fukushima? It could wipe the whole of Luxembourg off the map overnight.
Arte TV 14th April 2021 read more »