On Wednesday, November 18, EDF requested an exemption from the government in the event that the shutdown for work on reactor number 2 at the Flamanville nuclear power plant exceeds the legal deadline of two years. This reactor was shut down on January 10, 2019 for ten-year maintenance. Its restart has been postponed several times, in particular because of the health context linked to Covid-19. It is currently scheduled for Monday, November 30.
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FRANCE faces power cuts and rationing of electricity this winter due to a shortage in supply. “Temporary, anticipated, localised, and rotating” power cuts would be carried out as a last resort, power grid operator RTE said today. Before that, it would shut off supply to industrial companies or lower the voltage in the distribution network. Coronavirus disrupted nuclear plant maintenance earlier this year, meaning work will have to be carried out at the end of winter, putting a significant strain on supplies. If temperatures drop below average for a number of days in a row, emergency measures may have to be put in place. France’s Environment Minister Barbara Pompili earlier today denied power cuts, saying: “There will be no blackouts in France.” But the subsequent update by RTE shows the country could experience deficits as early as January.
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