Britain’s National Grid is requesting that two coal units be placed on standby due to the cold snap.

The grid operator has issued commissioning notices for two 570MW coal-fired units at Drax power station in Yorkshire, according to notices posted on Elexon’s website.

Elexon is a wholly owned but operationally independent subsidiary of National Grid Energy System Operator (NGESO).

The notification is not a confirmation that these units would be in use on Monday, but they are available if needed, the network operator said.

“The public must continue to use power as usual,” he added.

National Grid signed contracts with Drax Group and EDF in August to extend the life of four coal-fired power units, saying the contracts are for use when all commercial options have been exhausted under the balancing mechanism.

Meanwhile, the UK’s nuclear fleet operated at full available capacity for the first time this winter, with the Hartlepool 1 reactor returning after a planned outage last weekend, EDF Energy said.

The UK’s Health Insurance Agency issued a weather alert on Friday due to frost, and the Met Office warned that the cold snap could persist until December 16.

Heavy snow covered parts of Britain on Monday, disrupting London’s airports, rail networks and highways.

Britain’s National Grid said it did not expect any disruption to power supplies to its customers despite cold weather boosting demand, the chief executive of its power grid operator said.

“We have enough ready reserves for the rest of the day to be able to handle this and make sure there are no interruptions in supply to the customer,” Fintan Slye told BBC Radio.

Elsewhere in Europe, concerns about power demand in France eased on Monday after nuclear power supplies surged to higher levels over the weekend, hydropower rose and imports from neighboring countries were strong. .

Temperatures dipped below zero degrees Celsius in the Paris region in the early hours of Monday, pushing demand above 80 gigawatts (GW) during the morning rush hour, the first time it has reached that level. level this winter.

Finland is bracing for the possibility of power outages during cold spells this winter, after halting electricity imports from Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine and facing persistent technical problems at its new national nuclear power plant.

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