Le Gol power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Le Gol power station is a 122-megawatt (MW) coal- and biomass-fired power station in Saint-Louis, Réunion Island, an insular region of France located in the Indian Ocean.

The power station is expected to stop burning coal by 2024.


The map below shows the power station's location in Saint-Louis, Réunion.

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The 122 MW power station consists of one 64 MW and one 58 MW unit, commissioned in 1995 and 2006, respectively. The plant is co-fired with coal and biomass.[1]

As of April 2021, Albioma – which provides approximately 46% of the island's electricity – was planning to switch the power station to 100% biomass by 2024. The island's power stations burn both coal and bagasse, with coal still representing approximately 70% of energy production.[2][3]

As of July 2022, the plant was still slated for a 100% biomass transition over the next several years. In addition, the plant's life was extended until 2044.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Albioma
  • Parent company: Albioma
  • Developer:
  • Location: Saint-Louis, Réunion Island, France
  • Coordinates: -21.278861, 55.398008 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 122 MW (Unit 1: 64 MW, Unit 2: 58 MW)
  • Start date: 1995 (Unit 1), 2006 (Unit 2)
  • Project retirement date: 2024 (for coal)
  • Type:
  • Coal Type: Hard coal
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

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