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Coronavirus affecting France’s nuclear reactors’ safety and output

Montel News 14th May 2020, The overhaul of the schedule for shutdowns of EDF nuclear reactors during the Covid-19 pandemic will “considerably” reduce the safety margins of French power plants and will probably lead to further delays, experts told Montel. The nuclear agency is now under “potentially devastating pressure,” said Mycle Schneider, an independent energy consultant based in Paris and a critic of the nuclear industry.
The impact of the coronavirus adds to the equipment and maintenance problems that have accumulated in recent years and forced the company to reduce its nuclear production. “This is one
problem that overlaps with another. This is what is so worrisome, the accumulation of difficult events and circumstances, “he said.
Monday, EDF announced the postponement of 30 outages planned until 2022, explaining
that it postponed maintenance to secure the electricity supply for the winter. Already last week, the company had extended shutdowns of more than 40 reactors.

May 18, 2020 - Posted by | France, safety

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