French nuclear production in September reached its second lowest level on record – also its second lowest this year – at 21.6 TWh, down 21.5% compared to 2019, while outages several reactors have been extended, RTE data said Thursday. Nuclear output last month was thus slightly higher, by 0.3 TWh, the lowest recorded in June, at 21.3 TWh, according to Montel’s calculations. And it has decreased by 1.2 TWh compared to August. On average, nuclear represented 68.4% of electricity production in France, against 69% in August.
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Orano La Hague declares a level 1 incident after the “very low contamination” of an employee. Orano has declared a level 1 safety event to the French Nuclear Safety Authority at its site in La Hague. The reason: contamination of an employee now classified.
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French utility EDF expects that a reform of regulations covering its French nuclear fleet will pass quickly, within a few weeks or months, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. In the wake of the reform, EDF will also launch a restructuring of the company, one of the sources added. Following a delay due to the coronavirus outbreak, France has resumed talks with the European Commission in recent months about reforming ARENH legislation, which gives its competitors access to part of its nuclear output. EDF has long wanted to reform the ARENH, which it says is a form of subsidy to its competitors. It says the ARENH puts all the risk and investment on EDF shoulders while giving private competitors easy access to cheap nuclear energy without investing in their own means of production.
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