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]

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.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: EPH
  • Parent company: EPH
  • 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

Articles and Resources


  1. "Emile-Huchet Coal Power Plant France," GEO, accessed April 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 "E.ON Facts and Figures," E.ON SE, March 11, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 "G7 coal phase out: France," E3G, Sep 15, 2015
  4. "Uniper signs agreements to sell its generation business and distribution activities in France to EPH". Uniper. 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  5. Global Power Plant Database v.1.2.0, ID WRI1002724 World Resources Institute, June 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 17W100P100P00105 accessed November 2019
  7. 7.0 7.1 Open Power System Data December 2018
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 17W100P100P00113 accessed November 2019