PARIS, 4 Aug. /Basereporter.com/. A heatwave in France has forced the main operator of nuclear power plants, the concern Electricite de France (EDF) to stop the four power units of nuclear power plants. This was reported in the Saturday newspaper La Parisienne.
Last unit number 1 nuclear power plant in Fessenheim (East, near the German border) was stopped at 4:09 a.m. Saturday (5:09 MSK). One reason was the excess of the temperature norms of the water discharged from nuclear power plants in the Grand canal of Alsace, which can lead to loss of flora and fauna. According to the prescribed norm, the average temperature is drained and after the cooling unit water should not exceed 28 degrees Celsius.
As a result of stopping of the power unit at nuclear power plant in Fessenheim remained in working order only one reactor. And this despite the fact that France in these days goes through a peak load on the power grid and caused electrical demand, which in large quantity is consumed in the heat of the air conditioning system. Nuclear power plant in Fessenheim is the oldest in the country – it was commissioned in 1971. Environmentalists not only France, but also neighbouring Germany and Switzerland for many years, require to stop this nuclear power plant, considering it to be unreliable and poorly protected against hardware failures.
In addition, this week in France was stopped by one unit at the plant in Saint-Alban (isère, South-East) and two units of nuclear power plants in Bugey (Department of ain, in the East). From the Eastern strip of the country began more than a week ago intense heat in France. She is currently gripped much of the country – 67 departments. The temperature in the Central and South-Eastern parts of the country has reached 40 degrees.
In Paris a week ago was marked by a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius in the shade. Now, for the first half of the day Saturday in the French capital, the thermometer was at 34 degrees. According to the forecast of the met office, the heat in the country will last at least until the end of Wednesday – early Thursday.