Heatwave to compel EDF's 2.6 GW Golfech nuclear plant offline Tuesday

Both activators at the 2.6 GW Golfech nuclear power plant in southwest France are readied to come offline Tuesday night because of heat-related ecological concerns, operator EDF said Monday.

https://www.irooildrilling.com is arranged to ramp down to no outcome by Tuesday 11 pm local time (2100 GMT), adhered to by Golfech 2 from Wednesday 2 am (0000 GMT).

The provisionary return day for both units is 11:59 pm local time July 30, EDF stated in an update Monday afternoon.

"The end date of this unavailability for environmental problems corresponds to the end of the offered temperature level projections," EDF stated, adding "this unavailability might be lengthened." EDF advised last Thursday that "as a result of temperature level projections on the Garonne [river], manufacturing limitations are likely to impact EDF's nuclear generation at Golfech from July 23." A seven-day blackout for the Golfech nuclear plant is equivalent to about 440 GWh in shed generation, according to S&P Global Platts estimations.

System operator RTE projections French electrical power need to peak at 59 GW Thursday with typical temperatures 8.9 degrees Celsius above seasonal norms.

Temperature levels are readied to drop from Friday to around 3 C above norms by next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, EDF delayed the prepared return of its 1.5 GW Chooz 2 reactor by just three days to August 1. The device has actually been offline considering that March for an extended overhaul once every 10 years. It is the very first of seven activators undertaking such overhauls this year to return.

Similar blackouts at Paluel 4 and Flamanville 2 were postponed by a number of months to mid-September and also mid-October specifically, EDF said July 11.

French front-month baseload power traded bit transformed from Friday's close at Eur38.80/ MWh on Monday, EEX information showed. The agreement already rose 25% over the previous fortnight to get to Eur44/MWh early last week in assumption of a possible heatwave in late July.

At the same time strong wind generation in the GB market Monday saw circulations reverse on the IFA link to France, with exports covering 1 GW for five fifty percent per hour durations in the early morning.

GB wind generation of around 11 GW for much of Monday, nonetheless, was readied to go down Tuesday to about 4 GW.

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