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France Extends Nuclear Reactors Outage After Earthquake

French utility EDF had extended outages at three nuclear reactors at its Cruas plant until Nov. 15 following a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in southeast France that forced it to temporarily suspend electricity generation at the site.

A sensor at the plant was activated during the earthquake in the region, requiring the state-controlled utility to carry out further checks for potential damage. EDF spokesperson said the outage extension would allow enough time for thorough visual and advanced checks across the plant, including in the nuclear buildings to ascertain that the units could function properly when they restarted.

France’s ASN nuclear safety agency said it was monitoring the situation and would decide when the reactors could restart. The outage at the three reactors reduced French power generation by 2,700 megawatts (MW).  A spokeswoman for French electricity grid operator RTE, said France had enough generation capacity to cover demand despite the sudden outage.

 

Source: Reuters