Barbara Pompili: “there will be no blackout” of electricity by the end of the year

On France Inter, the Minister for Ecological Transition has ruled out any risk of shortage despite the shutdown of several nuclear reactors.

“There will be no big general blackout by the end of winter”, declared this Sunday Barbara Pompili at the microphone of France Inter .

The Minister for the Ecological Transition took stock after the announcement by EDF of the extension of the shutdown of the two Civaux reactors following the detection of faults near cooling circuits and the shutdown of the two Chooz units.

These two problems lead to EDF a loss of production of around 1 terawatt hour (TWh) at the end of 70 raising fears of tensions this winter.


This Friday, the government had asked for EDF to take measures to improve the security of electricity supply following the year nonce of these shutdowns.

Even before these problems were revealed, the RTE electricity network manager predicted a winter under “particular vigilance” in terms of supply security for France, which almost depends on 19% nuclear to produce its electricity, the health crisis having affected the maintenance schedule.

RTE estimated on Friday that the security of supply was “well assured next week” and must update its forecast for January towards the end of the year.

Olivier Chicheportiche Journalist BFM Business