EDF's 1.2 GW Cordemais coal-fired plant will operate beyond 2022 (France)

9 Jul 2021

EDF has abandoned its Ecocombust project to convert its 1.2 GW Cordemais coal-fired power plant to biomass in 2022 because of its cost and the withdrawal of Suez from the partnership. The company will continue to operate the plant until at least 2024, and the commissioning of the EPR nuclear reactor at Flamanville, in Normandy. According to the multi-annual energy plan to 2028 (Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie, PPE), the country was expected to end coal-fired generation in 2022.

In April 2021, EDF permanently shut down the last unit (580 MW) of its coal-fired power plant in Le Havre in north-western France. EDF had considered converting the power plant to biomass, but the option was technically and economically challenging. The 600 MW Saint Avold operated by Gazel Energie (owned by the Czech utility EPH) will be decommissioned by 2022. Gazel Energie shut down its 590 MW Gardanne-Meyreuil coal-fired power unit in late 2020.

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