Minister for Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili “asked EDF to take all relevant measures to strengthen security of supply in the short term” after the shutdown of several reactors .
The government asked EDF on Friday to take measures to improve the security of electricity supply, after the shutdown of several nuclear reactors, causing fear tensions this winter.
The Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili “asked for EDF to take all the relevant measures to strengthen security of supply in the short term, as well as to conduct an independent audit on industrial control and the optimization of reactor outages, in order to increase the availability of the French nuclear fleet in the medium term “, the ministry indicated in a press release. EDF announced on Wednesday evening that it had decided to stop two react nuclear power plants at Chooz (Ardennes) “as a precautionary measure”, and to extend the shutdown of the two reactors at the Civaux (Vienne) power plant, after the detection of faults near welds in the pipes of the safety injection circuit
Even before the revelation of these problems, the operator of the RTE electricity network predicted a winter under “particular vigilance” in terms of supply security for France, which nearly 70% depends on nuclear power to produce its electricity, the health crisis having affected the maintenance schedule.
RTE has estimated on Friday that security of supply was “well assured next week” and must update its forecast for January towards the end of the year.
Barbara Pompili, who received EDF CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy on Friday asked him “to implement all relevant means to increase the availability of EDF production means and research her, moreover, to promote the flexibility of its consumer customers “.
” It also asked the company to conduct an independent audit on the industrial control of reactor outages “, with a stage expected before mid-March, the ministry said.
The government had already regretted the stopping of 30% of the French nuclear fleet at the end of November. The Minister of Industry Agnès Pannier-Runacher had suggested “raising our level of requirement for the availability of the park”, believing that “we can collectively do better”.