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"Ready for France at a standstill": 3000 MW of electricity production cuts overnight

2023-02-16T07:47:42.139Z


On strike against the pension reform project, EDF agents did not, however, cause power cuts for customers.


The agents of EDF, on strike against the pension reform project, proceeded in the night from Wednesday to Thursday to numerous reductions in electricity production, of just over 3000 MW, the equivalent of three nuclear reactors, we learned from the CGT and EDF.

The nuclear power plants of Saint-Alban (Isère), Paluel (Seine-Maritime), Tricastin (Drôme), Flamanville (Manche), Gravelines (North) and the thermal power plant of Martigues have carried out these load reductions, according to the website of EDF, without causing power outages for customers.

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"

We have demonstrated that we can be everywhere and therefore we are ready for France to stop

" and the national day of action on March 7, Fabrice Coudour, federal secretary of the branch, told AFP. CGT energy.

The strikers, who had made many hydroelectric power stations unavailable for the network on Wednesday, up to 4000 MW according to the CGT, lifted most of the pickets in the evening.

"

We are not yet in the holding of strike pickets 24 hours a day

," said Fabrice Coudour.

The action at the Grand'Maison dam (Isère), the most powerful power station in France (1800 MW), was however still in progress on Thursday morning and was to continue throughout the day, according to the CGT.

At the Cheylas power station (Isère), the strikers "

not only cut production but they turned the power station on pump during rush hour

", and therefore caused electricity consumption, said the trade unionist.

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On the gas side, six storage sites were the scene of filtering dam actions on Thursday by the strikers of Storengy, a subsidiary of Engie, in particular the very large storage of Gournay-sur-Aronde (Oise), which serves the entire region. des Hauts-de-France, whose strikers deny access to the site to companies and service providers in charge of maintenance operations.

Actions of this type were also carried out in the storage sites of Chémery (Loir-et-Cher), Céré-la-Ronde (Indre-et-Loire), Saint-Illiers-la-Ville, Beynes (Yvelines) and Saint -Clair-sur-Epte (Val-d'Oise), according to the CGT.

Source: lefigaro

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