MADRID, May 1 (Reuters) - Spain’s 460-megawatt Garona nuclear power station was stopped on Sunday for scheduled refuelling, operators said, which left just six of the country’s eight reactors up and running.
Data from national grid operator REE (REE.MC) showed nuclear plants were generating 5,985 MW beween them, down from about 7,400 MW when all are working normally.
Lack of nuclear power often weighs on wholesale power prices <SP/BASE> because producers can sell it at a discount to electricity generated from gas or coal.
In a statement the operator of the northerly plant said refuelling would take a month.
The 1,000 MW Asco I plant in northeastern Spain is due back from refuelling in a matter of days, its operator said.
The government has ordered the plant, which is in its 40th year of service, to close in 2013, although it is prepared to allow other, younger nuclear plants to run until at least the 2020s. (Reporting by Martin Roberts; Editing by Greg Mahlich)