Friday, October 21, 2016

Electricity: EDF is going to spread the temporary closure of five nuclear reactors –

The site of Tricastin (Drôme), photographed in November 2011. Michel Euler/NBC/AP/SIPA

ENERGY at the request of the nuclear safety Authority, EDF will close five reactors for checks, then only about one-third of the nuclear fleet EDF is already shutdown…

we are Going to miss electricity this winter ? Not necessarily, according to EDF, which announced on Friday that it would spread out until mid-January the temporary closure of five nuclear reactors in France requested by the French nuclear safety Authority (ASN) to carry out checks on key equipment that is likely to be the carbon content is excessive.

These five reactors are part of the 18 reactors scrutinised by the electrician public following the detection of an anomaly in the composition of the steel of their steam generators, similar to the one for the lid and the vessel of the EPR in construction at Flamanville (Manche).

Seven reactors already off, and six already gone

In the chronological order of closure, the manufacturing facilities concerned are : the reactor 4 of the power plant of Tricastin (Drôme, from 22 October to 19 December), the reactor 1 of the Fessenheim (Haut-Rhin, from 10 December to 3 January 2017), the reactor 4 of Gravelines (North of 17 December to 10 January), the reactor 1 of Civaux (Vienna, from 23 December to 15 January) and the reactor 2 of Tricastin (from 23 December to 15 January).

On the 18 reactors concerned, seven are already at the stop (Civaux 2, Dampierre 3, Gravelines 2, Tricastin 1 and 3, Saint-Laurent B2, and Bugey 4), while six others have already received the green light from the ASN to restart and work normally “, he says.

Royal has written to the CEO of EDF

Not reassured so far, the minister of the Environment and Energy, Ségolène Royal, has written to EDF to him to ensure the continuity of the electricity supply in the country.

” It is imperative that EDF is preparing to take control of the situation to ensure the continuity of supply, ” writes the minister in his letter addressed to the CEO of EDF, Jean-Bernard Lévy, dated 10 October and unveiled by Le Parisien.

” We are experiencing a more difficult situation than usual, replied Jean-Bernard Lévy on October 14. We do everything we can to ensure that a maximum amount of nuclear reactors will be in a situation to operate between the beginning of the month of December and the end of the month of February, period of the most demanding from the point of view of electricity requirements. “

saying it was “confident” in the safety of the group’s facilities, it believes ” low ” risk of having to deploy the measures of voltage reduction, load shedding or erase (voluntary reduction by certain customers of their electricity consumption).

The wholesale price of electricity on the rise

in order To avoid the impact of these closures on the wholesale market, and ” effects speculative “, EDF has, however, asked the government to take ” all necessary measures, within the framework of the mechanism, customizable Access to nuclear power history (Arenh), including, where applicable, the temporary suspension of the scheme “, which obliges EDF to sell to its competitors a portion of its electricity from nuclear power.

The closing of five reactors comes at a time when only about one-third of the nuclear fleet EDF is already at the stop, in particular for maintenance techniques planned. These outages have pushed up the wholesale price of electricity in recent weeks, as the atom produces about three-quarters of the electricity in France.

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