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Nuclear power limited by climate change: France’s nuclear reactors can’t cope with the heat

EDF to curb Bugey nuclear reactor output as Rhone river flow slows  Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Geert De Clercq, PARIS (Reuters)  29 June 19 – French utility EDF said on Friday that power generation at its 3,600 megawatt (MW) Bugey nuclear power plant in eastern France could be curbed from Tuesday July 2 due to a lower flow rate of the Rhone river.The plant near the Swiss border has four 900 MW reactors and uses water from the river for cooling.

EDF’s use of water from rivers as coolant is regulated by law to protect plant and animal life. It is obliged to reduce output during hot weather when water temperatures rise, or when river levels and the flow rate are low.

France saw new all-time record temperatures about 45 degrees Celsius in the south of the country on Friday afternoon as a sweltering heatwave engulfed much of southern and central Europe.


June 29, 2019 - Posted by | climate change, France

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