MOSCOW, 29 Aug – PRIME. An urgent restart of stopped nuclear reactors in France is necessary to avoid interruptions in the supply of electricity this winter, said Prime Minister Elisabeth Born.
“We understand that our nuclear power plant fleet is going through a number of difficulties. However, an urgent restart of the shutdown nuclear reactors is necessary to avoid interruptions in the supply of electricity this winter,” the Prime Minister said at a meeting with French entrepreneurs on Monday.
Last week, it was reported that French energy company EDF had postponed the restart of four of 12 nuclear reactors shut down due to corrosion problems discovered by France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) in May. At the moment, 32 out of 56 nuclear reactors in France have been shut down for various reasons.
In addition, the head of the French Cabinet added that enterprises should reduce energy consumption against the backdrop of reduced gas supplies from Russia. According to her. there is no immediate alternative to Russian energy resources, therefore, with a complete cessation of imports, Europe will not have enough gas in the winter.
“But we know for sure that this winter we will have less gas than in previous years… The only way out this winter is to reduce consumption,” Born said.
According to the LCI television channel, 59% of the energy in France is consumed by enterprises, the bulk of which is for lighting, air conditioning and heating.
At the end of July, French Cabinet spokesman Olivier Veran said that France was in an “unprecedentedly difficult” situation in terms of electricity generation. The French government has already taken a number of tough measures to save energy, including expanding the ban on illuminated advertising, forbidding shops to keep doors open when the air conditioner or heating system is on, instructing retail outlets to turn off illuminated signs and air ventilation at night, and reduce the brightness of lighting by 50% before the arrival of buyers, and by 30% during normal hours in case of a critical level of electricity consumption.