France plans to shutdown four remaining coal power plants by 2023, coal generates 4% of France’s power

France President Hollande is committing to getting rid of all coal power generation by 2023.

The Cordemais Power Station is the largest thermal power station in France. It is also one of the country’s largest electricity producers and one of the largest thermal power plants in Europe having four generating groups, two coal-fired groups with a capacity of 600 MW each and two oil-fired groups with a capacity of 700 MW each, thus totaling an installed electric generation capacity of 2,600 MW.

The power station uses between 1.3 and 2 million tonnes of coal per year imported from South Africa, Poland, United States and Australia using the port facilities located at Montoir-de-Bretagne from where the coal is shipped by barges to the power station.

The power station is located in the western part of France at Cordemais in the department of Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire. With an annual electricity production of 5.7 TWh the station supplies 25% of the electricity used by the Pays de la Loire region and represents one third of the country’s thermal electricity production

Provence Power Station is an 868 MW coal-fired power station at Gardanne, France. It has a 300 metre tall chimney, which is the tallest in France. It is owned and operated by E.ON. It is going to be backfitted into a wood-fired powerstation.

Le Havre power station is a 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Seine-Maritime, France.

Emile-Huchet power station is a 618-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Moselle, France.