French utility EDF warned on Thursday of extra outages at its Cattenom 1 (1.3 GW) and 2 (1.3 GW) reactors to save about six months worth of fuel before their next scheduled refuelling stops in 2025.
“As of today Cattenom 1 will have to save a quantity of fuel equivalent to 160 days of full load operation“ before its next refuelling outage scheduled for 19 April 2025, it added in a statement.
Cattenom 2, meanwhile, would have to save 26 days worth of fuel before its next planned refuelling stop on 25 January 2025.
The fuel saving “will be done through imposed load limitations or outages”, EDF said but did not provide specific dates.
Cattenom 1 has been offline since 30 September for checks and repairs on an electrical unit but was due to restart at 23:00 CET tonight. Cattenom 2 is currently in operation.
The so-called modulation outages allow the reactors to save fuel for colder periods when power demand increases.