Bouchain power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Bouchain power station is an operating power station of at least 585-megawatts (MW) in Bouchain, Valenciennes, Nord, France with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Bouchain power station Bouchain, Valenciennes, Nord, France 50.297213, 3.314945 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 2: 50.297213, 3.314945
  • Unit 7: 50.2987, 3.3156

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 2 retired coal - anthracite 250 subcritical 1970 2015
Unit 7 operating[1] gas[2] 585[2] combined cycle[3] no 2016[3]

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit 2 Electricité de France SA (EDF) [100.0%]
Unit 7 EDF[3] Électricité de France (EDF) SA [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): imported


The power station originally consisted of one 250 MW oil-fired unit and one 250 coal-fired unit, commissioned in 1970. Unit-1 was retired in 1995 and Unit-2 retired in 2015.[4][5] This was replaced by a gas fired combined-cycle unit of 585 MW in 2016.[6]

Articles and Resources


  1. Archived from the original on 24 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Archived from the original on 26 November 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Archived from the original on 13 December 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "Coal-Fired Plants in France," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  5. "G7 coal phase out: France," E3G, Sep 15, 2015
  6. Présentation de la centrale à cycle combiné au gaz naturel de Bouchain | EDF Thermique

Additional data

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