Coal-Fired Plants in France
Albi
Location: Tarn
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 1 X 250 MW
Operation: 1969 (ret 2006)
Fuel: hard coal, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Rateau, CEM
Quick facts: Albi was closed on 24 Mar 2006.

Photograph courtesy of Direction du développement des médias (DDM)
Posted 27 Sep 2009

Blenod
Location: Meuthe-et-Moselle
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 4 X 250 MW
Operation: 1963-1969 (ret)
Fuel: hard coal, heavy fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Stein
T/G supplier: Rateau, Jeumont-Schneider
Quick facts: Blenod is on the Moselle River. Half the fuel is delivered by rail and half by barge. Unit-1 was deactivatd or years, the rst of the coal sets retired in 2013..

Photograph by Jacques Fournier
Posted 27 Sep 2009

Bouchain
Location: Nord
Operator: Électricité de France
Configuration: 2 X 250 MW
Operation: 1970 (ret)
Fuel: hard coal, heavy fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Stein
T/G supplier: Alsthom
Quick facts: Bouchain has a 130ha site near Valenciennes. The 250-MW oil-fired Unit-1 was retired in 1995 and Unit-2 retired in 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Électricité de France
Posted 25 Jun 2011

Cordemais
Location: Loire-Atlantique
Operator: Électricité de France
Configuration: 1 X 585 MW, 2 X 700 MW, 2 X 600 MW
Operation: 1970-1984
Fuel: hard coal, heavy fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Babcock-Atlantique, Fives, Stein
T/G supplier: Alsthom, BBC
Quick facts: This is the largest thermal power plant in France and was one of the largest in Europe. Unit-1 is retired and one of the two 700-MW heavy-oil units has been mothballed. In 1997/98, the coal-fired Units 4&5 were retrofit with Marsulex wet limestone scrubbers and Alstom SCRs. Unit-2 was rehabilitated by Babcock Borsig as part of a €15mn contract awarded in Jan 1995. Cordemais-5 and Provence-5 were the last full-size coal-fired units built in France.

Photograph courtesy of Électricité de France
Re-posted 25 Jun 2011

Courrieres
Location: Pas-de-Calais
Operator: Charbonnages de France
Configuration: 2 X 117 MW
Operation: 1963 (ret)
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: BBC, Alsthom
Quick facts: This site is in the vicinity of Europe’s worst mine disaster. In March 1906, a dust explosion devastated a coal mine operated by the Compagnie des Mines de Houille de Courrières (founded in 1852) killing 1,099 miners.

Photograph courtesy of Charbonnages de France
Posted 15 Jul 2006

Emile-Huchet
Location: Moselle
Operator: E.ON France SAS
Configuration: 2 X 100 MW (ret), 1 X 117 MW, 2 X 125 MW, 1 X 343 MW, 1 X 600 MW
Operation: 1951-1981
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Fives, Stein
T/G supplier: BBC, CEM, Alsthom
Quick facts: This was one of the first large thermal power plants in France. Unit-4 was repowered with a CFB boilers to burn waste coal.

hotograph by Faust Favart and courtesy of E.ON
Re-posted 30 Apr 2014

Hornaing-B
Location: Nord
Operator: E.ON France SAS
Configuration: 1 X 240 MW
Operation: 1951-1981
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Fives, Stein
T/G supplier: BBC, Alsthom
Quick facts: This unit was closed 31 Mar 2013 but became involved in litgation regarding its status.

Photograph by Faust Favart and courtesy of E.ON
Re-posted 30 Apr 2014

La Maxe
Location: Moselle
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 2 X 250 MW
Operation: 1971
Fuel: hard coal
Boiler supplier: Stein
T/G supplier: Alsthom
Quick facts: This power station is in Lorraine in the communes of La Maxe and Woippy, not far from Metz.

Photograph by N Guirkinger (Panoramio)
Posted 27 Sep 2009

Le Havre
Location: Seine-Maritime
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 1 X 250 MW (ret), 3 X 600 MW
Operation: 1968-1983
Fuel: hard coal, heavy fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Stein
T/G supplier: CEM, Alsthom
Quick facts: The Le Havre PS is on a 33ac site along the Bassin René Coty. The heavy-oil fired Unit-3 was deactivated in 1993 and retired in 1995. Unit-1 was retrofit with new I&C systems. It suffered a boiler failure on 3 Mar 2013 and was retired on 8 Mar as it was judged uneconomic to repair having been opted out of the EU LCPD along with Unit-2. This is now to close in Jul 2013. Meanwhile, EDF plans a €150mn modernization program for Unit-4 to extend its life by 20yrs.This block already has FGD and SCR systems.

Photograph by Gérard Halary and courtesy of EDF
Posted 20 Jun 2007

Lucy-III
Location: Saone-et-Loire
Operator: E.ON France SAS
Configuration: 1 X 270 MW
Operation: 1971 (ret)
Fuel: hard coal
Boiler supplier: Babcock-Atlantique
T/G supplier: Alsthom
Quick facts: The first power plant at the site was commissioned in 1919 with 12 Babcock boilers and 2 T/G sets totalling 5 MW. In 1920, a 10-MW unit and a 15-MW unit were added to Lucy-I and the original steam set was replaced in 1935 with an 18-MW unit. In 1943. Lucy-II was launched with two 40-MW sets. In 1971, Lucy-III was commissioned and it was turned over to Societe de Chauffe de Combustibles de Reparations et d'Appareilages (SOCCRAM) in 1977. In 1995, the plant and associated mine was turned over to Charbonnages de France. All local mining stopped in 2000 and E.ON acquired the plant in 2008. The arch-fired boiler at Lucy-3 is is unique in France for its size and at one time burned hard coal, brown coal, and pet coke. The unit later used blended imported coal. It was closed in Apr 2014.

Photograph by Faust Favart and courtesy of E.ON
Re-posted 30 Apr 2014

Monterau 3&4
Location: Seine-et-Marne
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 2 X 250 MW
Operation: 1963 (ret 2004)
Fuel: hard coal
Boiler supplier: Fives
T/G supplier: Alstom
Quick facts: Faced with significant repair work, EDF decided to close these units. Two gas turbines were added to the site in 2010.

Photograph courtesy of La République de Seine et Marne
Posted 27 Sep 2009

Porcheville-A
Location: Yvelines
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 4 X 125 MW
Operation: 1956-1957 (ret 1987)
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Fives
T/G supplier: BBC, Alsthom
Quick facts: Porcheville has a 120ha site on the Seine near Mantes-la-Joliei 45km from Paris. This shows the "A" plant to the right with the oil-fired "B" plant half complete on the left (4 X 600 MW).

Photograph by Henri Baranger and courtesy of Electricite de France
Posted 25 Jun 2011

Provence
Location: Moselle
Operator: E.ON France SAS
Configuration: 1 X 250 MW, 1 X 580 MW
Operation: 1984-1995
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Fives, Stein
T/G supplier: Alsthom
Quick facts: In 1992, Alstom was awarded an EPC contract for a new CFB boiler to re-power Unit-4. At the time, this boiler was the largest CFB ordered in the world. The T5 stack at Provence is the tallest on any French power plant at 297m. This plant is also known as Gardanne.

Photograph by Faust Favart and courtesy of E.ON
Re-posted 30 Apr 2014

Vaires
Location: Seine-et-Marne
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 1 X 230 MW, 1 X 250 MW
Operation: 1962-1966 (ret 2005)
Fuel: hard coal, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Stein
T/G supplier: Rateau, Rateau-Schneider, Jeumont-Schneider
Quick facts: The Vaires plant boilers were demolished on 11 Dec 2010, the culmination of 4yr dismantling project.

Photograph courtesy of EDF
Posted 27 Sep 2009

Vitry
Location: Val-de-Marne
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 2 X 250 MW, 2 X 270 MW
Operation: 1966-1971
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, Babcock-Atlantique
T/G supplier: CEM
Quick facts: Vitry is on the left bank of the Seine in Paris. Units 1&2 are deactivated.

Photograph courtesy of Electricite de France
Posted 25 Jun 2011

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 05-Feb-2016

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