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French nuclear output hits 3-year high in January

(Montel) France’s nuclear output hit 35.8 TWh in January, its highest level since January 2021, as reactors returned to service after corrosion probes, data from TSO RTE showed on Friday.

An average of 49.7 GW of atomic capacity, or 81%, was online last month – a 4.5 GW increase year on year.

Nuclear accounted for about 67% of the country’s power supply and 76% of demand, the data showed.

EDF expects its nuclear output to reach 315-345 TWh this year, compared with 320.4 TWh last year.

Meanwhile, renewable power generation increased by 9% year on year to 14 TWh due to a 21% rise in hydropower supply to 7.5 TWh.

Wind output dropped 5% to 5.2 TWh, despite a record high of 17.4 GW reached on 2 January amid windy conditions in northern France and rising installed capacity.

France’s total power output saw a year-on-year increase of 9.1% to 53.7 TWh last month.

The country exported 5.8 TWh more to its neighbours than it imported, with net exports hitting a record high of 20.3 GW on 3 January amid low consumption and high nuclear and wind output.