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French nuclear curtailments ease the pain of coronavirus-hit gas and power markets

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19 May 2020

French nuclear curtailments ease the pain of coronavirus-hit gas and power markets

Report summary

Safe working practices and the preservation of reactor fuel for next winter will see power generation from French nuclear plants fall by over 20% in 2020. Without this major rebalancing of European power supply, low electricity consumption could see gas demand losses extend to 30 bcm this year. In mid-April EDF announced that expected production from its French nuclear fleet will be severely curtailed during 2020 as maintenance activities are rescheduled and output is optimised to ensure that sufficient fuel is available for next winter.

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  • Low demand puts stress on market balances
  • Safe working and optimised availability
  • Implications for power markets, the supply mix and fuels

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  • Power supply change between outlooks: pre- and post-crisis

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