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Civil unrest forces France to import electricity

As the anti-pension reform industrial action continues France has been forced to import electricity equivalent to the output of six nuclear reactors.
 
Yesterday, during one hour in the middle of the day, France imported 5990 MW of electricity or six reactors’ worth, said the website of the RTE electricity network operator, a subsidiary of national electricity supplier EDF.
 
France has traditionally been an exporter of electricity, but nationwide strike action by workers including at utilities such as the EDF combined with maintenance work at several reactors mean France is now an importer reports TheNews web site.
 
Sixteen of France’s 58 reactors are currently closed, 12 for maintenance and four because of unplanned technical issues, an EDF spokeswoman said.
 
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