France decides to restart all nuclear reactors this winter


France’s Energy Transition Minister Agnes Panier-Lunachere announced on the 2nd (local time) that the French Electric Power Company (EDF) has pledged to restart all nuclear reactors by this winter to overcome the widespread energy crisis aggravated by the Ukraine war.

“The government is taking steps to avoid restrictions on energy use this winter,” said Minister Panier Runascher after a meeting to discuss energy issues, the Associated Press reported.

France relies on nuclear power for about 67% of its electricity, higher than any other country. And about 7% depend on gas.

Currently, 32 of France’s 56 reactors are all operated by EDF and have been shut down for general maintenance and some corrosion repairs.

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born warned a few days ago that the worst-case scenario this winter could lead to a two-hour blackout at French homes.

“From October, there is a schedule to restart new nuclear power plants every week,” said Minister Panier Lunachere. “The government will closely monitor the situation of nuclear power plants that have reported corrosion problems.” “The EDF has started to take action and we need to confirm that things are going as planned,” said Minister Panier Lunachere.

France announced a plan to save energy in June with the goal of reducing energy use by 10% by 2024. The move comes amid fears that Russia may cut off its gas supply and that liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports will not be sufficient to meet Europe’s energy needs.

Minister Panier Lunachere said the country’s strategic gas reserves were 92% full. He also said that electricity and gas trade with neighboring Spain and Germany will intensify this winter.

Meanwhile, Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom this week halted the supply of natural gas through a major oil pipeline from Russia to Europe for maintenance reasons.

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