February 13, 2020 / 12:31 PM / 5 months ago

French nuclear power generation fell 6.9% in January - EDF

PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Nuclear power generation in France fell 6.9% to 37.4 terrawatt hour (TWh) in January compared with the same period a year ago due to a higher volume of reactor outages, French utility EDF said.

An ongoing nationwide strike since December over the government’s attempt to reform France’s pensions system, has hit the energy sector, particularly power generation.

A 24-hour strike called by unions as part of the pensions protests, curbed electricity production by over 1.8 gigawatts on Thursday, including reduced generation at two nuclear power reactors.

EDF, which operates France’s 58 nuclear reactors that covers around 75% of French electricity needs, said nuclear power generation from its reactors in Britain rose 8.6% year on year in January to 4.8 TWh.

EDF will report its full-year 2019 results and outlook for 2020 on Friday Feb. 14. (Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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