Provence power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Provence power station was 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 MW 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. As of 2015, the coal-fired unit 5 was 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 planned to retire the coal plants in 2022, when France pledged to phase out coal power use.[5]

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

However, even though the plant has spent long periods of time not producing power because of employee strikes, it was not scheduled to close until June 2022.[7]

In February 2022, the plant's Unit 5 was given new life burning biomass. After several years offline, the plant was once again operating but was no longer burning coal.[8]

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: Retired
  • Capacity: 600 MW
  • Start date: 1984
  • Planned retirement date: June 2022
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Sub-bituminous
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

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