November 14, 2019 / 7:01 AM / 25 days ago

EDF cuts French nuclear output target on Cruas reactors outage

PARIS, Nov 14 (Reuters) - French state-controlled utility EDF on Thursday cut its nuclear power generation target in France for the second time this year to between 384 terawatt hour (TWH) and 388 TWh from 390 TWh, due to outages at three of its Cruas reactors.

Following an earthquake in southern France on November 11, EDF said it was continuing to carry out checks on the reactors at the Cruas power plant with the objective of completing them within a week’s time, EDF said in a statement.

The results of the checks on the reactors will be submitted to French nuclear safety authority ASN and, as of today, EDF anticipates a gradual return to service for the reactors at the Cruas plant during the first half of December.

“This situation has led EDF to adjust its assumption for 2019 nuclear annual output, which should be between 384 and 388 TWh,” the company said, adding that all financial targets remained unchanged. (Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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