Cordemais power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Cordemais power station is a 2,600-megawatt (MW) coal- and oil-fired power station in Loire-Atlantique, France. It is the largest thermal power station in France.[1] Two 600 MW units are coal-fired.


The undated satellite below shows the plant in the western part of France at Cordemais in the department of Loire-Atlantique.

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The Cordemais power station was commissioned in 1970 with a single oil-fired generating unit with a nameplate capacity of 585 MW. That unit is now mothballed. The station was extended in 1976 with another two oil-fired units of 700 MW each. In 1983 one coal-fired unit of 600 MW was added, and another 600 MW coal-fired unit was installed in 1984. It is owned by EDF Group. Coal is imported.[2]

EDF has announced that it is planning to run its Cordemais and Le Havre plants until 2035. Climate groups argue the plans run counter to France’s decarbonization objectives, which include a reduction in fossil fuel use of 30% by 2030.[3]

Rehabilitation of unit 3

The oil-fired unit 3 was brought back into service in 2007 after being mothballed for 12 years. The rehabilitation cost 185 million euros.[4][5][6]

Coal source

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.[1]

France's coal phase out

France joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance in 2017, the year it was launched. It has a coal phase-out date of 2022, one of the most ambitious in the world. In June 2019, the country enacted phase out legislation in the form of an energy and climate law containing an emission cap effective January 2022. The law is intended to make coal plants unprofitable, but leaves the door open for low running hours of coal plants beyond the phase out date or conversion to a mix of coal and biomass. Although the 2022 target is feasible given that France has few remaining operating plants, the 1,260 MW Cordemais plant is planned to continue operating beyond the deadline at a low utilization rate, potentially until 2024 or 2026.[7][8][9]

Project Details of coal units

  • Sponsor: Électricité de France SA
  • Parent company: EDF Group
  • Developer:
  • Location: Cordemais, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France
  • Coordinates: 47.276707, -1.881559 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 1,200 MW (Units 4&5: 600 MW)
  • Start date: 1983-84
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cordemais: France's Largest Thermal Power Station". Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. "Cordemais Thermal Power Station France," GEO, accessed April 2016
  3. "G7 coal phase out: France," E3G, Sep 15, 2015
  4. EDF, 2007 Annual Report, page 62.
  5. EDF, "EDF brings into service a quarter of its planned new generation capacity in France", Media Release, January 23, 2008.
  6. "PiE's new power plant tracker - April 2008", Power in Europe, Issue 523, April 7, 2008, page 14.
  7. "France," Bloomberg Coal Countdown, accessed 2021
  8. "Centrale de Cordemais, le charbon en sursis," France3, January 12, 2022
  9. "Cordemais. Un pique-nique contre le scénario d’une mini-centrale nucléaire," January 20, 2022

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