PARIS, July 11 (Reuters) - French utility EDF said on Thursday that electricity generation from its 2,600 megawatt (MW) capacity Saint-Alban nuclear power plant would likely be curbed from Saturday due to a low flow rate forecast for the Rhone river.
EDF, which operates France’s 58 nuclear reactors that account for over 75% of electricity needs, uses water from the Rhone in southeastern France for cooling at four of its nuclear plants.
The plants include the 3,600 MW Bugey, the 3,600 MW Cruas and the 3,600 MW Tricastin nuclear power plants.
Production restrictions are “likely to affect EDF’s nuclear generating fleet on Saint-Alban,” the utility said on its website.
Earlier this month, it reduced output at Bugey due to the lower flow rate of the Rhone river.
EDF’s use of water from rivers as coolant 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 and the flow rate are low. (Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)