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Berlin concerned as outages stretch French electricity market


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    Berlin (dpa) - The French electricity market remains tense, according to German ministry sources, due to ongoing maintenance at a large number of nuclear power plants.

    Germany's Economics Ministry has assessed the situation on the French electricity market as still "very tense," dpa has learned.

    The two nations regularly exchange electricity with France normally the supplier. However, that dynamic has changed this year, with only a few days in September when more electricity flowed from France to Germany than back.

    That is because more than half the France's fleet of 56 nuclear power stations were recently out of action for maintenance, with many showing corrosion cracks in crucial components.

    That caused serious problems for the country that is heavily reliant on nuclear-generated electricity.

    Berlin now fears France may not have sufficient capacity to export power abroad, should Germany run short this winter.

    Russia's war has sent power prices soaring and governments in Europe are scrambling for alternative sources of power, particularly Germany, which depends heavily on energy from Russia.

    In France, in early September, only nuclear power plants with a capacity of 25 gigawatts (GW) were connected to the grid, according to dpa's information, with plants with a capacity of 36 GW not in operation.

    This caused a "historic low," according to German ministry circles, which said a "return of up to 20 GW is planned, but it is still unclear when this additional capacity will be on the grid."

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