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EDF’s Available Nuclear Capacity at 65%: French Halts

August 06, 2012

Electricite de France SA halted its Paluel-2, Fessenheim-2 and Cruas-3 nuclear reactors on Aug. 4 for maintenance, grid operator Reseau de Transport d’Electricite said on its website.

EDF’s 1,330-megawatt Penly-2 unit was scheduled to start yesterday but tripped and is not generating, RTE data show.

EDF, the world’s biggest nuclear power plant operator, has 38 reactors online, representing 65 percent of available nuclear capacity, the lowest since June 25, RTE data show. EDF’s 58 atomic plants generate about 78 percent of the country’s power.

The following table lists EDF’s nuclear units that are out of service, their generating capacity in megawatts, when they stopped and the expected return date, if known, according to RTE. Two asterisks highlight an unplanned halt.


UNIT NAME                 MW         OUT        RETURN
Cruas-3                   915      Aug. 4         --
Paluel-2                1,330      Aug. 4         --
Fessenheim-2              880      Aug. 4         --
Blayais-2                 910      Aug. 1         --
Flamanville-1           1,330      July 21        --
Cattenom-3              1,300      July 21        --
Dampierre-1               890      July 14        --
Chinon B-1                905      July 14        --
Nogent-1                1,310      June 22        --
Cattenom-4              1,300    **May 29       Aug. 5
Cruas-1                   915      May 26         --
Gravelines-5              910      May 19         --
Paluel-3                1,330      May 19       Aug. 11
Dampierre-4               890      May 5          --
Gravelines-3              910      April 28       --
Tricastin-3               915      April 28       --
Penly-2                 1,330      April 5        --
Cruas-4                   915      March 24       --
Civaux-2                1,495      Feb. 18        --
Chooz B-2               1,500      Feb. 16        --

Source: RTE

To contact the reporter on this story: Rachel Morison in London at rmorison@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lars Paulsson at lpaulsson@bloomberg.net


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