November 8, 2018 / 6:43 PM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-French nuclear power generation jumps 12.5 pct in October

(Adds UK nuclear production figure)

PARIS, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Nuclear electricity generation in France rose 12.5 percent to 31.6 terrawatt hour (TWh) in October compared with the same month a year ago, French state-controlled utility EDF said on Thursday.

EDF, which operates France’s 58 nuclear reactors, said the increase in production was due to a lower volume of reactor outages.

It said total nuclear power generation in the 10 months to October was at 321.6 TWh, up 3.3 percent, or 10.2 TWh compared with the same period in 2017. The company has forecast its total French nuclear power output for the year at 395 TWh.

EDF said its nuclear production in the Britain plunged 22.2 percent to 4.2 TWh compared with the same month last year. It did not give reasons for the decline in output.

Total nuclear output in Britain was at 50.1 TWh since the start of the year, down 7.4 percent compared with the same period in 2017. (Reporting by Bate Felix; editing by John Irish)

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