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France will restart six nuclear reactors. What type of nuclear reactors does France use?



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Six of the 12 nuclear reactors which were found to have corrosion problems in May have been repaired and will be restarted soon, French Energy Transformation Minister Agnès Pannier-Runachet told France Inter radio on Wednesday. What type of nuclear reactors does France use?

“Today, the six reactors that encountered corrosion problems have already been repaired and will soon be connected to the power grid,” the minister said.

She added that so far there is “no reason” to believe that EDF will not be able to meet the schedule for restarting all the shutdown reactors before winter.

How many nuclear plants are there in France? Earlier, French media reported that the French power company EDF hired about 100 American welders from Westinghouse to repair the corroded nuclear units on time.

Currently, 31 of France’s 56 nuclear reactors are in operation. Some of them were shut down for scheduled repairs, and 12 of them were found to have corrosion on the welds connected to the first circuit of the reactors’ emergency cooling system pipes in the spring. EDF pledged to restart all the shut-down reactors before winter to avoid power shortages in the country.

Since October 6 there have been strikes among EDF employees who are involved in repair work on 19 reactors, which has prolonged the repair work on them by several weeks.

In October, the French national electricity grid operator RTE warned that it did not rule out the risk of blackouts this winter, noting that they could only be avoided if energy consumption decreased by 1%-5% and by 15% in the event of an extremely cold winter. The RTE noted that the inability to restart nuclear units with disabilities in time threatens “severe consequences” for power supply this winter.

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Oil Prices Fall amid Protests in China



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Oil prices fell on Monday amid a general decline in investor appetite for risk amid information about the ongoing protests in China against vested restrictions.

The cost of January futures on Brent crude oil on London’s ICE Futures exchange was $81.31 per barrel on Monday, down $2.32 (2.77%) from the close of the previous session. At the close of trading on Friday, those contracts fell $1.71 per barrel to $83.63.

Oil prices decline – what’s going on in the market?

The price of WTI futures for January crude fell by $2.31 (3.03%) to $73.97 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). By closing of previous trades, the cost of these contracts decreased by $1.66 (2.1%) to $76.28 per barrel. Brent and WTI gained 4.6% and 4.8%, respectively, last week.

According to Bloomberg, protests were held in cities across the country, including the capital Beijing, as well as Shanghai, Xinjiang, and Wuhan, which was originally the epicenter of the COVID-19 spread.

That contributes to a stronger U.S. dollar, which reduces the attractiveness of investments in crude, and also raises the possibility of even more significant tightening of restrictions by Chinese authorities, the agency said.

“The outlook for the oil market remains unfavorable and the events of this weekend in China do not add to the positive,” notes Warren Patterson, who is in charge of commodities strategy at ING Groep NV in Singapore.

According to the forecast of analytical company Kpler, oil demand in China in the fourth quarter will decrease to 15.11 million barrels per day (bpd) compared to 15.82 million bpd a year earlier.

Earlier we reported that Russia will ban the sale of its oil to countries that have imposed a price ceiling.

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Oil Russia ban news: Russia will ban the sale of its oil to countries that have imposed a price ceiling



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Will Russia sell oil to Europe? The administration of President Vladimir Putin is preparing an order prohibiting Russian companies and any trader from buying Russian oil to sell raw materials to countries and companies that have imposed a price ceiling on Moscow. Bloomberg news agency wrote this, citing a report from sources.

“The Kremlin is preparing a presidential decree banning Russian companies and any traders buying national oil from selling it to anyone who participates in the price ceiling,” the publication wrote.

According to the newspaper’s interlocutors, this would prohibit any mention of the price ceiling in contracts for Russian crude, as well as transferring it to countries that have joined the price ceiling for the natural resource.

In the first half of September, the press service of the US Treasury Department said that the USA, together with its allies from G7 (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, France and Japan) and the European Union (EU) would impose a ban on marine transportation of Russian oil on December 5 and oil products – on February 5.

Earlier we reported that EU negotiations on limiting the prices of Russian oil reached a deadlock today.

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EU talks on restrictions on Russian crude oil prices today stalled



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Negotiations between the European Union countries about the “ceiling” of Russian crude oil prices today reached an impasse; Bloomberg reported, according to its sources.

Representatives of the bloc cannot reach an agreement on the ceiling price of Russian oil. According to the agency, the proposed European Commission limit of $65-70 per barrel, Poland and the Baltic countries believe “too generous,” while Greece and Malta, which is actively engaged in transporting fuel, do not want the limit to fall below $ 70. Recall that the Russian response to the oil price cap was negative. The Russian government has officially said that it will only sell oil at market prices.

“We are looking for ways to make this solution work and we are trying to find a common ground to implement it in a perfectly pragmatic and efficient way, while avoiding that it may cause excessive inconvenience to the European Union,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Earlier, we reported that the SEC fined Goldman Sachs $4 million for non-compliance with ESG fund principles.

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