Experts have warned that parts of France are currently facing a “heat apocalypse” as temperatures reach record levels across Europe. Aside from triggering horrifying forest fires, these scorching temperatures are now also threatening to worsen France’s energy crisis. As a result of higher temperatures, rivers like the Rhone and Rhine, which are used by nuclear power plants for cooling, have become too warm to be used in the energy generation process.
Without cooler water supplies, six nuclear power plants in France have been forced to reduce their output drastically.
These include the Golfech power station, which lies on the Garonne river and had to reduce its production by 1000MW since July 13.
Meanwhile, along the Rhone river, the Tricastin power plant had to reduce production by 735MW last week, while St Alban and Bugey power plants reached the river water temperature limits on the 17th and 19th of this month respectively.