Workers at France's EDF to strike again starting Mar 13 evening

London (Platts)--10 Mar 2017 740 am EST/1240 GMT

* Labor unions call for industry-wide strike
* This week's strike had little impact on prices
* Would be fifth strike by EDF workers this year

Workers at France's EDF will strike for 24 hours starting Monday at 9 pm local time (2000 GMT), the company said in a note posted on the website of French grid operator RTE on Thursday.

The strike will end at 9 pm on Tuesday, EDF said, without giving any details on how much capacity could be affected.

The last strike began Sunday evening and ended Wednesday night, affecting supply mostly on Tuesday and leading to a combined capacity cut of 2.03 GW at four nuclear reactors. There was a limited impact on prices, however, as high wind levels and weak demand offset the reduced nuclear availability.

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EDF's 900 MW Bugey-4 reactor was running at 430 MW capacity, while its 1.3 GW reactor Penly-1 had its capacity cut by 610 MW and its 900 MW Tricastin-1 reactor saw capacity reduced by 165 MW. The strike also resulted in the 1.3 GW Belleville-1 reactor operating at half its capacity and the 900 MW Chinon-3 nuclear unit running at 760 MW capacity.

All of them returned online as planned at 9 pm local time Tuesday, with no impact from the strike seen on the nuclear fleet Wednesday, according to French grid operator RTE.


The notice of the latest EDF action comes as labor unions representing professionals in the energy industry called Thursday for a national action day on Tuesday. The call to strike comes against the backdrop of a proposal to freeze the national base salary this year.

"Noting the refusal of employers to respond to employee demands, the five unions unanimously decided in favor of a new day of actions and strike on Tuesday, March 14, 2017," France's main energy trade union, FNME-CGT, said in a statement on its website.

The statement said the unions were asking for the reopening of negotiations on the national basic salary, the closure of sites "resulting from the destructive reorganizations of the public service" and an end to "massive job cuts."

EDF workers have joined several recent calls for national action days organized by FNME-CGT and other unions, with the strike next week the fifth for EDF workers this year.

--Ana-Maria Tolbaru,
--Edited by Lisa Miller,

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