Emile Huchet power station

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Emile Huchet power station is a 1,473-megawatt (MW) coal- and gas-fired power plant in the department of Moselle, France.


The map below shows the location of the power station in Saint-Avold, the department of Moselle, France.

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The power station originally consisted of six coal-fired units, commissioned from 1951 to 1981. Units 1 and 2 were retired in 1983, and unit 3 retired in 2003.[1]

In 2015, E.ON reported that unit 4 (125 MW) was not operational and unit 5 (343 MW) mothballed.[2] Units 4 and 5 were closed permanently in 2015 due to the impact of the Industrial Emissions Directive.[3]

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.[3]

The power station also consists of two 413 MW combined cycle gas plants, which began operating in 2010.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Uniper[4]
  • Parent company: Uniper SE[4]
  • Location: Saint-Avold, the department of Moselle, France
  • Coordinates: 49.1526, 6.7018 (exact)[5]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 1,473 MW
    • Unit 6: Subcritical coal-fired, 647 MW (start-up 1981)
    • Unit 7: Gas-fired[6] combined cycle[6], 413 MW[6] (start-up in 2010)[7]
    • Unit 8: Gas-fired[8] combined cycle[8], 413 MW[8] (start-up in 2010)[7]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous/Lignite
  • Coal Source: Imported

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