November 23, 2009 / 10:10 AM / 9 years ago

EDF to publish nuclear outages per unit in 2010

* To publish projected data per output unit by mid-2010

* To publish unplanned outages within 30 minutes of event

PARIS, Nov 23 (Reuters) - French electricity producers will start publishing projected output data per unit of production by mid-2010 and unplanned outages and restarts by end-2010, the French electricity producers’ union (UFE) said on Monday. The French energy regulator, the European Commission and traders have put increasing pressure on state-owned EDF (EDF.PA), the former power monopoly, to boost the data transparency of its 58 nuclear reactors.

Unlike its German competitors such as E.ON (EONGn.DE) or RWE (RWEG.DE), EDF does not inform in real time of shutdowns and restarts per reactor, whether the outages are planned or unplanned.

Producers will publish on the French power grid RTE website projected production data on each unit with a power capacity above 100 megawatts (MW) by mid-2010, the UFE said in a statement.

It will also publish unplanned outages or retarts of those units within 30 minutes of them happening, it added.

France’s energy regulator CRE said in a note published on its website earlier this year the production transparency system put in place by members of the electricity producers’ union (UFE) did not allow market traders to accurately anticipate the supply/demand balance.

Since July, French power grid RTE has made production data available on its website for the previous day, including unplanned outages. The move was described by traders as a good first step but not enough to respond to their needs.

RTE also publishes consumption forecasts, as well as short, medium and long-term available capacity production data, which do not include unplanned outages.

The real-time production data is crucial for traders as the amount of electricity being produced at any one time is a key market indicator. (Reporting by Muriel Boselli; editing by James Jukwey) ((muriel.boselli@reuters.com; +33 1 4949 5270; Reuters Messaging: muriel.boselli.reuters.com@reuters.net ))

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