France is at risk of power shortages if the winter is severe

French officials warned of rotating power cuts to households if this winter is harsh and nuclear power supplies have not been restored.

“Households won’t have gas cuts. With electricity, we may face the difficult decision of cutting by area, but the scale will be relatively small, by county or municipality and being informed. first,” said Emmanuelle Wargon, director of the French energy regulator CRE France Info September 19th.

CRE noted that the power cut does not affect important infrastructure such as hospitals. This extreme measure would not have been implemented if this year’s winter was not severe.





Steam rises from a cooling tower at the EDF nuclear power plant in Civaux, France, October 8, 2021.  Photo: Reuters.

Steam rises from a cooling tower at the EDF nuclear power plant in Civaux, France, October 8, 2021. Image: Reuters.

Europe is racing to find supplies and come up with savings measures to ensure enough energy for the coming winter, after the flow of gas from Russia to the region decreased significantly.

Germany is aiming to sign a contract to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, Spain considers shutting down energy-intensive companies during the winter peak period if necessary.

French nuclear power group EDF said it will start up all reactors in the winter. Of the 56 furnaces used for power generation, 32 are closed for inspection and maintenance. EDF plans to restart 27 reactors by the end of December and the remaining 5 by February 2023.

France generates about 70% of its electricity from nuclear power. Reactor operations were also affected by a record drought in the summer, when river levels in France dropped.

If the EDF is unable to carry out its plan, energy production will be affected and French authorities will be forced to take unusual measures such as power cuts, Wargon warned.

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