Longer nuclear power outages in France

PARIS, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The outage of the 1.5 gigawatt No.2 reactor at the Chooz nuclear power plant in northern France has been extended after an inspection found the same fault as at the Civaux plant in the west of the country, operator EDF (EDF.PA) said on Thursday.

The two plants were shut down in December after discovery of corrosion in a safety system at the Civaux plant. The reactor outage was extended to Apr. 20 from the previous expected return date of Jan. 23.

The repair solution is being investigated with the French nuclear safety authority ASN, EDF said, adding that inspections on the Chooz 1 reactor are still in progress.