EDF extends Bugey 3 outage, stops other units (4.8 GW)

22/05/2020 08:45 Nuclear


EDF has extended an outage at its French Bugey 3 (910 MW) reactor by 10 days to 10 June, while stopping other units for modulation, reducing total capacity by 4.8 GW, transparency data showed on Friday.

Bugey 3 had been running at a reduced capacity since 13 May after it was shut down from 6-13 May due to vibrations in a non-nuclear part of the plant during the ramping up, said an EDF spokesperson.


The utility also reduced capacity at Gravelines 2 (910 MW) by 180 MW at 02:15 and would ramp it up to full capacity on Saturday at 16:00.


Meanwhile, EDF stopped Gravelines 5 (910 MW) on Thursday at 03:00 for modulation – fuel saving – and would restart it on Sunday at 19:00.


Chinon 2 (905 MW) was also shut down for modulation on Thursday at 02:00 and would be reconnected to the grid on Saturday.


EDF halted Paluel 1 (1,330 MW) for modulation this morning and planned to restart it on Sunday.


French nuclear power availability stood at 31.5 GW, or 49.5% of total availability, at 07:45 CET, down by 4.6 GW on the week and by 6.5 GW on the month, according to data from TSO RTE.


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