London — Four more French reactors have been cleared to restart under the Creusot review, a spokeswoman for nuclear safety regulator ASN told S&P Global Platts Tuesday.
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This brings the number of reactors cleared to 57 out of 58, leaving only Flamanville 2 awaiting a decision. The unit is offline until July anyway for a 10-year overhaul.
In the latest update, the return of Fessenheim 1 has been brought forward a week to March 13, operator EDF said in a transparency note late Monday.
The other three cleared are Golfech 1, Cattenom 4 and Tricastin 2, scheduled to return before Easter.
French nuclear performance improved in February (53.4 GW average) after overruns to 2018 maintenance and an early start to 2019 maintenance saw January drop to the lowest monthly average in 18 years (53.8 GW), TSO data show.
S&P Global Platts Analytics expects March output to average around 48 GW, according to a report February 28, with analysts now viewing 2014 as the reference year for its short-term nuclear output assumptions.
In February EDF confirmed its 2019 French nuclear output target of 395 TWh after 2018 saw the highest nuclear output since 2015 with 393 TWh. However, 10-year overhauls scheduled for seven reactors could yet compromise the 2019 output target.
ASN launched a review into documentation of manufacturing processes at Areva's Creusot forge covering the entire French fleet in summer 2017, with each reactor requiring clearance before being allowed to resume generation. The review had been expected to conclude by the end of 2018.
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