They had announced it.
Striking EDF personnel cut electricity production by nearly 4,500 MW between Monday and Tuesday, the equivalent of more than four nuclear reactors, to oppose the pension reform project, confirm the CGT and the EDF website.
Several nuclear power plants, such as that of Paluel (Seine-Maritime) and Dampierre (Loiret), but also the coal-fired power plant of Cordemais (Loire-Atlantique) and the thermal power plant of Martigues (Bouches-du-Rhône) were affected.
At the Chinon power plant (Indre-et-Loire), the strikers, on the other hand, delayed the planned disconnection of reactor number 1 for maintenance, which will postpone the period of work, scheduled until October.
According to Fabrice Coudour, federal secretary of the FNME-CGT, we record on these sites "high rates of strikers" and "filtering at the entrance".
These slowdowns are very supervised and have not resulted in cuts for users.
RTE, responsible for ensuring the security of the electricity supply, can send safety messages to the strikers if it considers that the production cuts pose the risk of cuts.
It is then up to the employees to respect them.
The gas sector also affected
On the gas side, the underground storage site of Gournay-sur-Aronde (Oise), of Storengy, a subsidiary of Engie, is also the subject of filter dams "since 5:30 am this morning", according to Fabrice Coudour.
“We launched a call for all the Seveso gas sites in France.
We will see how it will be taken into account, ”added Frédéric Ben, head of the gas sector at FNME-CGT.
At this stage, "there is no specific action" on the installations, and "the gas inlets and outlets will be normal", assured the CGT manager, who added that the strikers had to prevent outside companies and contractors to enter the site to carry out repairs and maintenance.
“These operations will be postponed and if the movement continues, if they are not done, it will inevitably have an impact on gas emissions afterwards”, added Frédéric Ben.
However, Storengy employees who wish to work are free to enter the site.