Europe Power-Spot rises on lower wind, tight nuclear

* Traders also cite tensions after French strike

* Curve remains unchanged

PARIS, Oct 10 (Reuters) - European spot power prices roseslightly on Wednesday, supported by an expected drop in Germanwind power output for the day ahead and more delayed restartdates at French nuclear power plants, traders said.

"The wind production in Germany is deteriorating further andamounts to roughly 1 GW over the course of the day," ThomsonReuters Point Carbon analysts wrote on Wednesday.

Offline French nuclear power capacity remained at higherthan normal levels of around 30 percent, with French grid RTEsignalling six delayed restart dates for EDF

reactorsin maintenance.

Traders also cited some remaining uncertainty followingTuesday's strike in the energy sector in France, whichcompletely halted production at E.ON's

thermal powerplants in France.

"All of E.ON's plants were off yesterday and as far as Iknow they were all available again today, but the strike noticestill hasn't been lifted, and this is creating tensions," aParis-based trader said.

French day ahead baseload was up 75 cents on the day at 54euros ($69.64) a megawatt hour (MWh)


"For us, a reasonable price would have been 1 or 2 eurosbelow that," the trader said.

Germany's day ahead baseload contract was also 75 centseuros up at 52 euros per MWh.

Power demand in Germany was expected to fall by about 1 GWon Thursday, while French consumption was set to rise slightly.

Along the forwards power curve, Germany's benchmark contractfor 2013 delivery

remained stable at 47.75 euros andthe same position in France was unchanged from Tuesday at 50.75euros.

U.S. crude futures extended gains to more than $1 a barrel,testing resistance at highs from late September and earlier thismonth just above $93.30, as Middle East tensions continued tosupport oil prices.

($1 = 0.7754 euros)

(Reporting by Michel Rose; editing by Keiron Henderson)

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