EDF strikers maintained load reductions (production) of around 1,000 MW overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, mainly in thermal power plants, without causing cuts, we learned from the CGT and 'EDF.
The gas power plants of Martigues (Bouches-du-Rhône) and Blénod (Meurthe-et-Moselle) were the main ones affected by these declines, which had affected several nuclear power plants on Tuesday, a day of national mobilization against the pension reform project. , according to the EDF website.
They reached 6,160 MW on Tuesday at the height of the movement, according to the management of EDF, and up to 7,000 MW, "
or 10% of French consumption
", according to the CGT, which forecast further reductions for Wednesday.
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Parliament has started to look into the aspect of abolishing special pension schemes, one of the thorniest aspects of the reform for electricians and gas workers.
They fear losing their special pension scheme and subsequently their protective status, one of the pillars of the public energy service.
During the night, a network security message issued by the manager of high voltage lines RTE, guarantor of network security, limited the action of the strikers, according to the CGT.
RTE can send safety messages to the strikers if it considers that the reductions in production run the risk of cuts for users.
It is then up to the employees to respect them.
The message "
disappeared around 11:00 p.m., but the shift change was made and when the strikers make a decision at the start of the shift, they do not go back on it
," Fabrice Coudour, federal secretary of the CGT, told AFP. -Energy.
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Among the gas producers, filter dams were still in place according to the CGT, on the Gournay-sur-Aronde (Oise) storage site of Storengy, a subsidiary of Engie strategic for the supply of gas to the north of France and in particular the Hauts-de-France region.
These actions started on Tuesday, which aim to prevent the entry of companies and service providers responsible for maintenance operations, have extended to the Paris region, to the Beynes storage site (Yvelines), according to the union.
At this stage, they had no consequences for the general public but could compromise the emission of gas on the network, if they were prolonged.