French nuclear output hit its lowest point since 2012 in May, falling 22.4% year on year to 24.6 TWh, as power demand remains affected by the coronavirus crisis, preliminary data from TSO RTE data showed on Monday. May nuclear output was 8.6% lower than the previous record low, in records going back to 2012, observed in April, at 26.9 TWh, according to Montel calculations. On average, nuclear represented 66% of the country’s generation. In the first five months of the year, nuclear output fell 12.9% to 152.7 TWh, compared with January-May 2019. The availability of the country’s nuclear fleet this month was down 8.4 GW year on year, or 18.9%, at 36 TWh, showed data from Montel’s Energy Quantified (EQ). Currently, 19 of EDF’s 58 reactors are offline – accounting for 22.2 GW in capacity – due to various maintenance works, 10-year inspections and modulation for fuel saving.
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