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London — France's EDF expects nuclear-fired power production at its Bugey and Saint-Alban power stations to be curtailed "due to extreme temperature forecast," the utility said Tuesday.

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  • Output fall likely at Bugey, Saint-Alban plants
  • Production limitations to start from Saturday
  • No details on capacity impact provided

On grid operator RTE's website, EDF said environmental issues are limiting "some" nuclear production availability in the country, starting Saturday.

EDF did not give details on the exact impact of the output restrictions. The two nuclear power stations have a combined capacity of over 6 GW.

Environmental issues have already resulted in weekend outages at EDF's Bugey-3 reactor on the river Rhone. Hot weather conditions previously have led to cooling water restrictions due to raised river temperatures.

According to forecaster MeteoFrance, temperatures should remain above seasonal average, or around 2 degrees Celsius above norms over the weekend.

--Anuradha Ramanathan, anuradha.ramanathan@spglobal.com

--Edited by Maurice Geller, maurice.geller@spglobal.com