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Nuclear power turning out to be counter-productive for Europe as a means to cut Russian power supplies – France’s massive decine in nuclear output

MAXPPP OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10695784ad) French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a working session during the G5 Sahel Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, 30 June 2020. The leaders of the G5 Sahel West African countries and their ally France are meeting to confer over their troubled efforts to stem a jihadist offensive unfolding in the region, six months after rebooting their campaign in Pau, southwestern France. G5 Sahel Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania – 30 Jun 2020
France, the European Union’s leader in nuclear energy, is seeing a
massive decline in output. Though it has been relatively unfazed by the
bloc’s ongoing energy crisis, declining nuclear production could pose a
significant problem in the coming months.

The collapse of French nuclear
power generation and Putin’s retaliatory cutback on energy exports to
Europe could be disastrous for the continent.

A recent flurry of unexpected
issues at the Électricité de France (EDF), the state nuclear power
operator representing the largest nuclear fleet in Europe, has caused
French nuclear energy output to tumble to its lowest levels in 30 years.

Around half of the EDF’s massive nuclear fleet has been taken offline,
delivering a massive blow to the EU’s energy independence and security in
the midst of a worldwide energy crisis. France has become increasingly
reliant on nuclear power in recent years.

French President Emmanuel Macron
has given nuclear energy an even bigger boost in his time in office.
Indeed, in February, before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he announced a
€52 billion plan to revitalize the country’s “nuclear adventure.”

He has also fought for the inclusion of the emissions-free power source as
a “green investment” in the nomenclature of the European Union as the (supposedly !) emissions-free power source  as a “green investment” in the nomenclature of the European Union as the
continent moves toward establishing its green energy budget for the coming

The European Union had hoped that France’s considerable nuclear
power capacity would be key in allowing the bloc to move away from Russian
energy as the West tries to shore up its energy independence and increase
sanctions on the Kremlin in response to the Russian war in Ukraine. As
recently as March of this year, the Council on Foreign Relations posited
that nuclear power could be the answer to ending the continent’s
crippling reliance on Russian energy. But now it might be the very thing
that makes such a divorce impossible. 

Oil Price 25th June 2022

June 27, 2022 - Posted by | EUROPE, politics

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