Electricity and telecoms networks put to the test of climate change

By Elsa Bembaron

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Enedis technicians work on power lines damaged by storm Ciaran on November 7 in Ergué-Gabéric, in Finistère. Marie Sebire/PHOTOPQR/LE TELEGRAMME/MAXPPP

DECRYPTION – Operators are strengthening and reviewing their infrastructure to cope with storms, floods, heatwaves, etc.

Every time there is bad weather, like recently during the Storm Ciaran in Brittany and Normandy and floods in Pas-de-Calais, the same question arises: are French telecoms and electrical infrastructures sufficiently resilient? A tree falls on a line, poles collapse in the wind: why not bury these cables to protect them? The answer is not so simple, when, a few days after the gale in the North-West, torrential rains drowned part of Pas-de-Calais, and with them certain crucial installations…

All the actors have the stakes in mind. The page of the “storm of the century» in 1999 was a first electroshock, confirmed by the climatic events of recent years – storms and floods this fall, fires in Gironde in the summer of 2022, floods and landslides in the Roya valley, in the fall of 2021, to name only the most recent. More than ever, EDF, its subsidiary Enedis, the manager…

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