This is excellent news that could well save our country from the waters… but also a large part of Europe.
The shortage will not occur if this schedule is kept.
“EDF confirms that 32 reactors are still shut down. As of December 25, 28 reactors should be back in service, the other 5 will be by February 2023.
Will France be able to count on nuclear power this winter? At the end of the Defense Council, the Minister for Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher assured that “EDF is committed to restarting everything for this winter. The government will be vigilant to ensure that this schedule given by EDF is kept. From October, a plant will be reactivated every week..
These recommissionings will start according to EDF’s schedule from September for 12 reactors. In October, 4 reactors, then 7 in November should follow and finally 4 in December. Here is the list of the reactors concerned with the day of their return to service and the causes of the shutdowns:
• September 2022
Blayais 3 => Routine maintenance 03/09/2022
Cruas 4 => Routine maintenance 03/09/2022
Gravelines 2 => Routine maintenance 05/09/2022
Gravelines 4 => Routine maintenance 03/09/2022
Gravelines 5 => Routine maintenance 09/09/2022
Paluel 2 => Routine maintenance 07/09/2022
Dampierre 1 => Shutdowns for fuel economy/optimization 09/17/2022
Bugey 2 => Routine maintenance 09/21/2022
Saint-Laurent 1 => Routine maintenance 09/28/2022
Gravelines 3 => Routine maintenance 09/29/2022
Cruas 3 => Routine maintenance 09/30/2022
Bugey 4 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 09/30/2022
• October 2022
Flamanville 2 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 09/10/2022
Dampierre 2 => Routine maintenance 10/15/2022
Saint-Alban 2 => Routine maintenance 10/19/2022
Tricastin 3 => Routine maintenance 24/10/2022
• November 2022
Cattenom 1 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 01/11/2022
Chooz 1 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 13/11/2022
Cattenom 4 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 14/11/2022
Belleville 2 => Routine maintenance 16/11/2022
Tricastin 4 => Routine maintenance 17/11/2022
Chinon B3 => Corrosion Control 20/11/2022
Penly 2 => Routine maintenance 23/11/2022
• December 2022
Saint-Laurent 2 => Shutdowns for fuel savings/optimization 12/1/2022
Chooz 2 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 11/12/2022
Cattenom 3 => Corrosion Control 12/11/2022
Flamanville 1 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 25/12/2022
• January 2023
Civaux 1 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 08/01/2023
Civaux 2 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 01/14/2023
Penly 1 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 01/23/2023
• February 2023
Blayais 1 => Routine maintenance 01/02/2023
Golfech 1 => Maintenance + Corrosion control 02/18/2023
Will all repairs have been made? It is unlikely and it is as possible as logical to imagine that these restarts are under the rule of “calculated risks”.
It is French nuclear power that will save Europe and in particular Germany, which will undoubtedly allow us to leave the lights on.
This situation in which we find ourselves owes nothing to chance. We let things happen, we stopped investing in nuclear power to pursue the chimeras of the windmills.
Coming back to reality is always hard.
The real subject is how to strengthen nuclear security again and again, and there is not only a real subject that is too often evaded but also a lot of work.
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