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French nuclear output hits 48 GW as EDF returns more reactors

French nuclear output continues to rise reaching 48 GW Monday, up over 5 GW from last Monday, as EDF returned three more reactors over the weekend ahead of a cold spell set to lift demand above 80 GW for the first time this winter, data from the grid and plant operators show.

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The 1.3 GW Nogent-1, 0.9 GW St-Laurent-2 and 0.9 GW Cruas-1 were all restarted and are ramping up, according to EDF data.

However, EDF's 1.5 GW Chooz 2, 0.9 GW Chinon-3 and 0.9 GW Bugey-3 were delayed by a combined seven days, now all set for a provisional restart Wednesday 23:00 local time, EDF said in short notes on its transparency website.




NOGENT-1 AHEAD OF SCHEDULE


EDF has now returned the first five reactors in the regulator-requested review of documents relating to nuclear parts manufactured by the Le Creusot forge.

The cumulative delays for the planned return of the first 12 reactors in this review -- ignoring other operational maintenance issues -- already amount to over 200 days so far, Platts calculations show.

Nogent-1, which actually returned Sunday four days ahead of its originally planned return is the first not facing any delays.

None of the findings so far have called into question the safe operation of the reactors, EDF said last week adding that it has clearance for another four reactors.

EDF has cut its 2017 annual production target twice since September, mainly attributed to the temporary shutdown of the Tricastin NPP, with the lower range of its current target at 383 TWh.

--Andreas Franke, andreas.franke@spglobal.com

--Edited by James Leech, james.leech@spglobal.com