EDF buys extra power in midst of heatwave
PARIS, July 19, 2006 (AFP) - French electricity group EDF said on Wednesday it had been obliged to buy extra electricity on the international wholesale market because of searing high temperatures in France in recent days.
The group also urged its large-scale industrial customers to moderate their consumption.
EDF, which produces 74.0 percent of its electricity from nuclear power and generates about a quarter of all Europe’s electricity, said it had bought 2,000 megawatts of electricity as a precaution.
The group explained that high temperatures increased demand for power but reduced the availability of water to cool its nuclear reactors and impeded electricity production.
“The purchase of electricity on the wholesale market had to be undertaken as a preventative measure … to counter a situation that could last in the coming days,” the group said.
The group said that an action plan developed after a heatwave in France in 2003 would be put in place, providing for higher production and reduced consumption.
Subject: French News