European nuclear power availability is expected to remain robust with strict safety measures already being implemented by the major plant operators amid the coronavirus outbreak. While there has been one reported case at the Sellafield plant in Cumbria, there does not seem to be an immediate impact to output. System operator National Grid said they will be closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus and expect all control rooms to continue at full operational capability, so if there is a sudden drop off in availability, there will be enough back-up generation in place. So far in 2020, nuclear has accounted for 16% of generation compared with just 8% in the same period last year. Wind generation on the other hand has accounted for over 30%, almost double the output in the 2018-period. In the event of a sudden shutdown of nuclear capacity, the UK should have enough renewable load to account for the shortfall in generation. The UK has around 9.5GW of installed nuclear capacity.
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