Emile Huchet power station

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Emile Huchet power station is an operating power station of at least 1527-megawatts (MW) in Saint-Avold, Forbach, Moselle, France with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Emile Huchet power station Saint-Avold, Forbach, Moselle, France 49.1533, 6.7015 (exact)

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

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 4: 49.153262, 6.70146
  • Unit 5: 49.153262, 6.70146
  • Unit 6: 49.153262, 6.70146
  • Unit 7: 49.1526, 6.7018
  • Unit 8: 49.1526, 6.7018

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 4 retired waste coal 125 MW subcritical - - 2015
Unit 5 retired coal - lignite 330 MW subcritical - - 2015
Unit 6 operating coal - lignite 647 MW subcritical - - 2022 (planned)
Unit 7 operating[1][2] gas[2] 440 MW[1][2] combined cycle[3] no - -
Unit 8 operating[1][2] gas[2] 440 MW[1][2] combined cycle[3] no - -

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 4 Energetický a průmyslový holding AS EP Corporate Group AS [56.00%]; J&T Energy Holding AS [44.00%]
Unit 5 Energetický a průmyslový holding AS EP Corporate Group AS [56.00%]; J&T Energy Holding AS [44.00%]
Unit 6 Energetický a průmyslový holding AS EP Corporate Group AS [56.00%]; J&T Energy Holding AS [44.00%]
Unit 7 Total Direct Énergie TotalEnergies SE
Unit 8 Total Direct Énergie TotalEnergies SE


The power station is in Saint-Avold, Moselle, France.[4] The power station originally consisted of six coal-fired units, commissioned from 1951 to 1981 and owned by Total Direct Energie.[5] The parent company is Total SA.[6] Units 1 and 2 were retired in 1983, and unit 3 retired in 2003.[7]

In 2015, E.ON reported that unit 4 (125 MW) was not operational and unit 5 (343 MW) mothballed.[8] Units 4 and 5 were closed permanently in 2015 due to the impact of the Industrial Emissions Directive.[9]

Only unit 6 (647 MW) remains operational of the first six coal units. E.ON is planning to run unit 6 until 2022. Additionally, E.On’s reorganization will move its fossil fuel assets into the new company Uniper starting in 2016.[9]

The power station also consists of two 413 MW combined cycle gas plants, which began operating in 2010.[8]

In July 2019, Czech EPH successfully concluded its buy-out of Uniper's activities in France, including the Emile-Huchet power station. EPH plans to retire the plant's coal unit in 2022, when France phases out coal power use.[10]

There are multiple reports of Total SA acquiring the power station.[11] In their 2019 Factbook, Total said the planned 2020 purchase was pending review of authorities.[12] In August of 2020 the European Commission announced the purchase of the plant (via EPH's subsidiary Kernaman SAS[13]) by Total had cleared review.[6][14]

In March 2022, the last coal-fired unit, Unit 6, was taken offline. The unit was considered to be retired. However, concerns over energy security in light of the war in Ukraine meant that there was a possibility that the plant would be brought back to life in the future.[15]

In November 2022, the French government approved the temporary recommissioning of Emile Huchet. The power station would run until March 2023.[16]

After March 2023, the coal-fired unit was shut down, but reports say that it is not a definitive retirement, and that the plant could likely be brought back online in the following winter. [17][18]

In August 2023, the French Energy Transition Ministry announced that Emile Huchet power station and Cordemais power station would be allowed to operate until the end of 2024. The ministry said the extension for the plants was to guarantee sufficient capacity was available over the coming winter.[19][20]

In September 2023, national grid operator RTE announced that they were considering keeping the Emile Huchet power station and Cordemais power station on standby to meet growing demand during the country's long-term energy transition.[21][22]

Gas-fired Units 7 and 8

Articles and Resources


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "ENTSO-E Transparency Platform". Archived from the original on January 14, 2022. Retrieved January 20, 2022.
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  4. Global Power Plant Database v.1.2.0, ID WRI1002724 World Resources Institute, June 2019
  5. "Total rachète les unités à gaz Émile-Huchet 7 et 8 (828 MW)". Montel (in français). Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Case M.9870 - TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE / KERNAMAN, European Commission, Aug 17, 2020
  7. "Emile-Huchet Coal Power Plant France," GEO, accessed April 2016
  8. 8.0 8.1 "E.ON Facts and Figures," E.ON SE, March 11, 2015
  9. 9.0 9.1 "G7 coal phase out: France," E3G, Sep 15, 2015
  10. "Uniper signs agreements to sell its generation business and distribution activities in France to EPH". Uniper. 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2020-09-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. Total to acquire 800 MW French gas assets in Sept – union Montel, Jul 31, 2020
  12. Factbook 2019, Total, July 2020
  13. EPH Annual Report 2019, EP Holding, Jun 12, 2020
  14. The EC clears Total's acquisition of the Emile Huchet CCGT plant (France), Enerdata, Aug 20, 2020
  15. Fermera? Fermera pas? La centrale à charbon de Saint-Avold toujours dans l'incertitude, L'essentiel, April 1, 2022
  16. France reboots coal-fired power plant to boost winter electricity supplies, RFI, November 29, 2022
  17. Saint-Avold : Après une saison de plus au charbon, la centrale Emile Huchet investit pour une énergie plus verte, Radio Melodie, April 25, 2023
  18. Saint-Avold : la centrale à charbon Emile Huchet est-elle définitivement à l’arrêt ?, La Semaine, June 26, 2023
  19. "France extends life of last coal-fired plants to avoid winter shortfalls," Euractiv, August 28, 2023
  20. "France Extends Coal Plant Waiver Into 2024 to Back Power Supply," BNN Bloomberg, August 24, 2023
  21. "France bets on coal to ensure power supply," RT, September 21, 2023
  22. "France May Have to Keep Coal-Power Plants for Security of Supply," Bloomberg, September 20, 2023
  23. 23.0 23.1 ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 17W100P100P00105 accessed November 2019
  24. ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 17W100P100P00105 accessed October 2021
  25. 25.0 25.1 Open Power System Data December 2018
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Registre national des installations de production et de stockage d'électricité (au 31/01/2022) - data.gouv.fr". www.data.gouv.fr (in français). Retrieved 2022-05-23.
  27. 27.0 27.1 ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 17W100P100P00113 accessed November 2019
  28. ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 17W100P100P00113 accessed October 2021

Additional data

To access additional data, including interactive maps of the power stations, downloadable datases, and summary data, please visit the Global Coal Plant Tracker and the Global Oil and Gas Plant Tracker on the Global Energy Monitor website.