EDF struggles to return Paluel nuclear reactors as demand set to hike
London (Platts)--28Nov2012/551 am EST/1051 GMT
EDF failed to return to full capacity Wednesday morning its 1.3 GW
Paluel 4 nuclear power reactor in northern France after an unplanned outage
since early Monday, the latest data from grid operator RTE showed.
Output from Paluel 4 was then cut to 80 MW from 05:30 Wednesday (0430
GMT), EDF said in a note, without giving a reason for the limitation.
The 1.3 GW Paluel 2 reactor was yet to return to the grid at 11:00
Wednesday, after the unit also suffered an unplanned stoppage Monday morning.
Paluel 2 is expected back Wednesday, but the unit has already seen its start
date slip back from initial estimates which had forecast a short unplanned
outage due to a fault related to the turbine, feed water plant and condenser
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Colder weather is set to drive up French power demand from peaks of 78.3
GW Wednesday to 82.3 GW Friday.
EDF's fleet of 58 nuclear power reactors supply in general around three
quarters of the nation's power, and nuclear availability is forecast to be
59.5 GW Thursday and 58.6 GW Friday.
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