PARIS, July 25 (Reuters) - Electricity generation at EDF’s Bugey, St-Alban and Tricastin nuclear power plants may be curbed until after July 26 as the low flow rate and high temperatures of the Rhone limit the utility’s ability to use river water to cool its reactors.
EDF’s use of water from rivers as coolant is regulated by law to protect plant and animal life and it is obliged to cut power generation in hot weather when water temperatures rise, or when river levels and flow rate are low.
“Production restrictions are likely to affect EDF’s nuclear generating fleet at the Bugey, St-Alban and Tricastin nuclear power plants beyond 26 July 2019,” the company said.
Scorching weather across Europe and prolonged dry weather in France has reduced river water levels. Thursday is expected to be the hottest day in the second heatwave to hit France in as many months with record temperatures expected in several towns in France.
Reporting by Bate Felix Editing by Geert De Clercq