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European Heatwave Risks Curbing French Nuclear Power Production

  • Output from Golfech plant may be reduced from Thursday
  • That comes as Europe needs France’s electricity more than ever

By Lars Paulsson July 12, 2022

The hot weather hitting Europe this week is set to reduce power output from France’s fleet of nuclear reactors, risking even higher electricity prices as the continent endures its worst energy crunch in decades. 

Warm temperatures in the Garonne River mean that production restrictions are likely at the Golfech nuclear plant in the south of the country from Thursday, Electricite de France SA said in a filing with grid operator RTE. Temperatures in France and the Iberia region will be well above average over the next five days and even hotter next week, according to forecaster Maxar. ….. (subscribers only)

July 11, 2022 - Posted by | climate change, France

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