RTE warns heat wave may take two nuclear reactors offline

FILE PHOTO: A view shows France's oldest Electricite de France (EDF) nuclear power plant near the eastern French village of Fessenheim, France February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Upcoming production restrictions are likely at two of EDF's EDF.PA reactors in southern France between Friday and Sunday due to rising temperatures at the end of the week, French grid operator RTE said on Monday.

The Golfech reactors on the Garonne river could potentially shutdown during the heat wave that will see temperatures peak at near 39 degrees celsius in the region Thursday and Friday, according to Meteo France’s weather forecast.

The two reactors produce 1.3 gigawatts (GW) each, therefore a potential 2.6 GW of available capacity may go offline in the coming days.

French nuclear availability is currently at 57% with 26.8 GW offline.

Reporting by Forrest Crellin; Editing by Benoit Van Overstraeten