France’s EDF extends outages at three nuclear reactors


(Reuters) – French state-controlled utility EDF has extended outages at three of its nuclear reactors by several weeks, data from electricity grid operator RTE showed yesterday.

The Paluel 2 reactor in the north of France has been offline since October 2019 for planned upgrade and maintenance and was originally expected to resume production at the end of December. The restart of the reactor was then delayed by 16 weeks to Aug. 31 but the outage may last longer due to a technical issue requiring a new and complex maintenance process.

EDF said outages at its nuclear reactors Flamanville 1, offline since September 2019 and 2, since January 2019, also in the north of France were extended until May 31.

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