September 18, 2018 / 2:25 PM / 9 months ago

UPDATE 1-EDF says power output at Chooz nuclear plant may be curbed from Sept. 22

(Adds output curb at Bugey 3 reactor)

PARIS, Sept 18 (Reuters) - French utility EDF reduced power generation from its 900 megawatts (MW) Bugey 3 nuclear reactor on Tuesday after saying earlier that output at another nuclear power plant could be affected by weather conditions.

The utility, which operates France’s 58 nuclear reactors said earlier that generation from its Chooz nuclear power plant in the northeast of the country could be restricted from Saturday Sept. 22 due to low water levels forecast for the Meuse river.

Chooz, with an installed capacity of 3,000 megawatts, uses water from the river for cooling the two reactors at the plant.

EDF curbed output at Bugey 3, which uses water from the Rhone river to cool its reactors, to 180 MW on Tuesday, saying that the duration of the limitation would be reassessed according to weather forecast.

EDF’s use of water from rivers as coolant for its reactors is regulated by law to protect plant and animal life. It is obliged to reduce output during hot weather when water temperatures rise, or when river levels are low. (Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Brian Love and David Evans)

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