France’s EDF has prolonged outages at its Flamanville 1 and 2 nuclear reactors by a month until the end of January and February respectively, the state-controlled utility said on Tuesday. EDF did not provide reasons for the latest outage extensions, but added that the duration of the shutdown of the reactors could be extended due to complex maintenance. The 1,300 megawatt capacity Flamanville 1 reactor in the north of France has been offline since Sept. 18 and was scheduled to restart on Dec 31.
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Too expensive, too slow … the atom is no longer able to cope with renewable energies to fight the climate emergency, according to the Mycle Schneider 2019 report. Jean-Bernard Lévy, the CEO of EDF, may well repeat that nuclear is a “carbon neutral energy”, which plays “fully its role in the fight against climate change”. President Macron may make the VRP of the atom in Brussels, by presenting it as “green” energy and by ensuring that it is recognized by the EU as a means of achieving carbon neutrality by here. 2050. Nothing helps: no, nuclear energy is not the panacea for fighting climate change. This is one of the main conclusions of the 2019 edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, presented on Tuesday in Paris by its coordinator, the independent consultant Mycle Schneider, whose reputation for seriousness is well established in circles “ pro ”as“ anti ”.
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