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Output of multiple French nuclear reactors slumps due to unplanned problems: EDF

London — Forced outages at three of EDF's nuclear power stations in France decreased nuclear availability Thursday, plant operator EDF said.

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Generating capacity at EDF's 915-MW St Laurent-2 reactor fell to zero due to an early Thursday unplanned outage, and the unit is expected to remain offline until Sunday, the company said on its REMIT page.

In addition, EDF, in the afternoon, said only 650 MW of the 1.3 GW capacity at its Cattenom-1 reactor will be available to the market until Friday afternoon.

Capacity at the 1.3-GW St Alban-1 reactor has been trimmed to 1 GW until 4.40 pm CET Friday, after a problem took some capacity offline at 4.40 pm CET Thursday, EDF said.

Countrywide nuclear output dropped 2 GW day on day to 42 GW Thursday, according to grid operator RTE data. Hydro-electric output stepped up to fill the absence of the nuclear reactor's production, generating almost 8 GW Thursday afternoon, up from around 7 GW seen at the same time Wednesday. Natural gas-fired generation was almost unchanged at 4 GW, data from RTE show.

-- Anuradha Ramanathan,

-- Edited by Keiron Greenhalgh,