In the face of intense heat, EDF is forced to shut down some nuclear reactors in order to respect the minimum flow and the temperature limit of the rivers. According to Thibault Laconde, the risk of unavailability of power plants will increase with global warming.
Les Echos 24th July 2019 read more »
How the heat wave undermines nuclear power plants. Two reactors will be shut down this week in the Tarn-et-Garonne due to extreme temperatures.
France Info 23rd July 2019 read more »
Heat wave: EDF forced to shut down two nuclear reactors.
France Info 22nd July 2019 read more »
Electricity generation at EDF’s Bugey, St-Alban and Tricastin nuclear power plants may be curbed until after July 26 as the low flow rate and high temperatures of the Rhone limit the utility’s ability to use river water to cool its reactors. EDF’s use of water from rivers as coolant is regulated by law to protect plant and animal life and it is obliged to cut power generation in hot weather when water temperatures rise, or when river levels and flow rate are low.
Reuters 25th July 2019 read more »
French utility EDF will curb electricity generation at its Tricastin 2 and 4 nuclear reactors in the south of France on Thursday, which is expected to be the hottest day in the second heatwave to hit France in as many months. The utility said on Wednesday it would reduce production at the 900 megawatt (MW) Tricastin 4 reactor by 650 MW starting on Wednesday night until early on Friday.
London South East 24th July 2019 read more »