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As French rivers warm under heatwave, EDF cuts output

France — Link

Current heatwaves affecting France have forced utility giant EDF, which operates Europe's largest national fleet of nuclear reactors, to reduce output of plants situated alongside rivers in southern France because of the climbing temperatures of water used for cooling the facilities.

The perilous state of French utility giant EDF

France

Last month, the French government announced it will re-nationalise utility giant EDF which, also last month, has reported historic first-half losses in 2022 of 5.3 billion euros. EDF’s financial woes are exacerbated by the unprecedented shut-downs due to repairs and maintenance of more than half its fleet of 56 nuclear reactors, and the government’s cap on electricity price rises. Martine Orange reports on the background to what is the most perilous situation the company has known in its 76 years of existence.

France to pay 10 billion euros to nationalise energy giant EDF

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French state already owns 84% of EDF, which has been dogged by unplanned outages at its nuclear fleet, delays and cost overruns in building new reactors, and power tariff caps imposed by the government to shield households from soaring electricity prices.

French energy giants urge consumers to cut back

France — Link

Bosses of TotalEnergies, EDF and Engie spoke amid shortages and soaring prices due to Russia’s supply cuts and the war in Ukraine.

French state to inject 2.1bln euros into utility giant EDF

France — Link

French economy and finance minister Bruno Le Maire on Friday announced the injection of 2.1 billion euros into the funds of the country's electricity-based utilty giant EDF, to help offset the halting for servicing of nuclear reactors, and the below-market-price supply of electricity, but also timed with the programme announced this week of the building of several more nuclear energy plants.

Massive leak of tritium at French nuclear plant Tricastin

France

A massive leak of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, occurred earlier this month at the Tricastin nuclear power plant, one of the oldest in France, when subsequent radiation levels recorded in groundwater below it reached 28,900 becquerels per litre. Both the plant’s operator, EDF, and the French nuclear safety watchdog, the ASN, insist that the spill has been contained. But, as Jade Lindgaard reports, despite that claim it appears inevitable that that the radioactive effluent will pollute the local environment.

EDF's curious departure from Taiwan

International

French utilities giant EDF this year decided to close its offices in Taiwan, a democratically self-governed archipelago which China vigorously lays claim to as a province of its own. Curiously, the move comes just as Taiwan launches an ambitious programme to develop renewable energies, an important sector for EDF. It also follows a lucrative deal EDF has signed with China for the construction of offshore wind parks. The French group, meanwhile, denies any link between the two events. Alice Hérait and Adrien Simorre report from Taiwan.

France orders EDF to tackle nuclear project failings

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EDF’s Flamanville 3 nuclear project in France is running more than 10 years behind schedule and has racked up billions of euros in cost overruns.

EDF's Flamanville EPR reactor repairs to cost further 1.5bln euros

France — Link

French utility giant EDF has announced that welding repair work ordered by France's nuclear power safety watchdog to its under-contsruction, third-generation nuclear reactor at Flamanville in northern France will add another 1.5 billion euros to the cost of the project, which is already running more than 7 billion euros over budget, while its entry into service, initially planned for 2012, is not now likely before 2023.

More safety delays for EDF flagship nuclear reactor at Flamanville

France — Link

The French nuclear watchdog, the ASN, has ordered state-owned EDF to repair eight faulty weldings in the containment building of its EPR reactor at the Flamanville nuclear plant on the Channel coast, adding further woes to a project already well over budget and deadline, and which raises further questions over its EPR contracts in Finland and for the nuclear plant of Hinkley Point in south-west Britain.

Watchdog orders EDF to fix weldings at Flamanville nuclear plant

France — Link

France's nuclear saftey regulator, the ASN, has ordered utilities giant EDF to repair faulty welding at its EPR reactor under construction at Flamanville, northern France, initially due to enter service in 2012 but which has been dogged by a series of safety issues while also running well over its initial budget.

France's EDF may halt four nuclear reactors due to heatwave

France — Link

EDF’s nuclear plants along Rhone river use its waters to regulate temperature of their reactors, discharging warm water back into the waterway.

Inspections highlight worrying safety lapses at French nuclear power plants

France — Investigation

A Parliamentary report recently called for improvements in safety at the country's nuclear power plants. In response, the state-backed power utility EDF, which operates the plants, insisted that safety is its top priority. But documents from the French nuclear watchdog the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire seen by Mediapart – but not by French MPs who wrote the report – reveal a different story. They show that procedures to prevent explosions in areas of several nuclear plants are deeply inadequate and in some cases non-existent. Pascale Pascariello reports.

French call for nuclear safety improvements

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Parliamentary report puts pressure on state-backed power utility EDF which operates nuclear plants and faces massive bill to extend their life.

Boomerang effect: Hinkley nuclear project comes back to haunt Emmanuel Macron

France — Opinion

The new French government has reacted as if it were surprised at the news that the French-led project to build a new nuclear power station in south-west England is already behind schedule and over budget. Yet it has known about the financial and technical risks posed by the Hinkley Point scheme for a long time, says Martine Orange. For the minister who personally backed and oversaw the massive project during the last presidency now himself occupies the Élysée.