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France’s EDF closes a 580 MW coal-fired power unit in Le Havre

EDF has 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 decommissioned by 2022. Gazel Energie shut down its 590 MW Gardanne-Meyreuil coal-fired power unit in late 2020.

The 1,200 MW Cordemais coal-fired power plant will be allowed to operate beyond 2022, though with limited operation until 2024 or 2026. Indeed, the French power transmission system operator RTE considers that the plant is a key element in ensuring the security of supply to western France, particularly during winter, until the commissioning of the Flamanville EPR project. The share of coal in France’s power mix decreased from 5% in 2010 to 1% in 2019.

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