Sport France: restarting two nuclear reactors when approaching winter

21:30  04 december  2022
21:30  04 december  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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L'une des tours de refroidissement de la centrale nucléaire de Cattenom, dans l'est de la France en Lorraine, en septembre 2022. © AP - Jean -Francois Badias One of the cooling towers of the Cattenom nuclear power plant, in the east of France in Lorraine, in September 2022.

EDF was blowing a little. Two French nuclear reactors were restarted, following maintenance operations. Welcome electricity, while serious questions arise on the ability of France to produce enough to spend the winter. The path is still long to make sure.

It had not happened since last March. The production of French nuclear electricity has ironed above the 37 GW bar.

The restart of Flamanville-2 and Cattenom-4 gives EDF a little air.

The French electrician faces a degraded situation of his nuclear fleet.

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out of 56 reactors installed, only 38 are now in operation, following many problems caused, among other things, by the COVVI-19 pandemic, maintenance operations and the discovery of corrosion on some of them.

The objective is now to restart others. Those of Cruas-2 and Dampierre-3 should be in the middle of the coming week. What to reach the 40 GW production mark.

The calculation is important, with the arrival winter. Electric consumption is indeed very linked to temperature. It is estimated that a less degree results in an additional 2 GW request.

is therefore the race to restart a maximum of reactors by January, with an objective of 46, all necessary not to degrade an already very tense situation.

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