October 4, 2018 / 3:01 PM / 7 months ago

REFILE-EDF says Meuse river flow could restrict output at Chooz nuclear plant

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PARIS, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Electricity production at French utility EDF’s Chooz nuclear power plant could be restricted from Oct. 11 due to the forecast flow of the Meuse river, French electricity grid operator RTE, said on Thursday.

Chooz nuclear power plant in the northeast of the country has an installed capacity of 3,000 megawatts. The plant uses water from the river to cool its two reactors.

“Production restrictions are likely to affect EDF’s nuclear generating fleet on Chooz production units starting Thursday October 11,” RTE said. It did not give further details.

Low river levels has forced EDF, which operates France’s 58 nuclear reactors, to curb production at some reactors in recent weeks.

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 John Irish)

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