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London — French industrial action Thursday reduced capacity at EDF's Tricastin and Gravelines nuclear generation sites by a combined 965 MW, while fossil fired availability was down 654 MW, according to the generator's market message page.

At Tricastin 4 (915 MW) capacity was down to 280 MW while at Gravelines 2 and Gravelines 6 (both 915 MW) reductions across the two units totalled 330 MW.

Some fossil-fired units were also reported to be restricted, including gas-fired units at Martigues Ponteau 5 and 6 (down a combined 278 MW) and coal-fired units at Cordemais 4 and 5 (376 MW).

Restrictions were "likely to continue until the end of the national strike," EDF said.

Meanwhile EDF has pushed the return of its 915 MW Tricastin 1 nuclear reactor back another four days, to December 12.

The plant is undergoing a fourth 10-year inspection, which began back in June and was due to end December 8.

Also, planned maintenance at Civaux 1 (1.5 GW) is now due to run from December 15-17 and not December 14-15, EDF said.

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