Provence power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Provence power station is a 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Bouches-du-Rhône, France. It is also known as the Gardanne power station.


The undated satellite below shows the plant in Meyreuil, Aix-en-Provence.

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The coal-fired power station originally consisted of three 55 MW units, commissioned in 1958 and retired in 1981. One 250 unit and one 600 MW unit, both coal-fired and referred to as units 4 and 5, were commissioned in 1967 and 1984, respectively.[1][2][3]

Unit 4 was converted to a 170 MW unit fueled by biomass in 2015. The coal-fired unit 5 is planned to run until 2025.[4]

In July 2019, Czech EPH successfully concluded its buy-out of Uniper's activities in France, including the Provence and Emile-Huchet power station. EPH plans to retire the coal plants in 2022, when France phases out coal power use.[5]

In September 2020, Czech utility EPH announced it will close the plant at the end of this year, two years earlier than originally planned.[6]

Project Details of unit 5

  • Sponsor: EPH
  • Parent company: EPH
  • Developer:
  • Location: Meyreuil, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
  • Coordinates: 43.469475, 5.487544 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 600 MW
  • Start date: 1984
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Sub-bituminous
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "Provence Coal Power Station France," GEO, accessed April 2016
  2. "Coal-Fired Plants in France," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  3. "E.ON Facts and Figures," E.ON SE, March 11, 2015
  4. "G7 coal phase out: France," E3G, Sep 15, 2015
  5. "Uniper signs agreements to sell its generation business and distribution activities in France to EPH". Uniper. 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  6. "EPH announces plan to close its Provence coal plant a year after purchasing it". Europe Beyond Coal. 2020-09-11. Retrieved 2020-09-23.

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