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France's nuclear power loss is Jersey Electricity's gain

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JERSEY Electricity fired up its generators this week at the request of the French authorities, who paid it to produce its own energy following problems with France's nuclear reactors.

And the arrangement meant that the Jersey Electricity Company actually made a profit, which it says will goes towards maintaining the La Collette power station and the company's Queens Road site.

About a third of France's nuclear reactors were recently shut down after the country's regulator, RTE, ordered a safety review following the discovery of manufacturing irregularities in crucial steel components.

That review was triggered following safety concerns over faults discovered last year in a reactor being built at the Flamanville nuclear site, 22 miles from Jersey's coast.

Chris Ambler, chief executive of Jersey Electricity, said that the Island, which normally gets its power via under-sea cables from France, sometimes generated its own power, taking less from French supplies at the request of the nation's power authorities.

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