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]

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.

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