Cordemais: France’s Largest Thermal Power Station

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  • 2 600 megawatts (MW) of utilized power
  • Four units, including two 600 MW coal-fired units and two 700 MW oil-fired units
  • 5.7 terawatts produced per hour in 2009, or 25 % of the electricity consumption of the
    Pays de la Loire Regional Authority and one third of France’s thermal electricity production
  • Between 1.3 and 2 million tonnes of coal imported each year

Cordemais: France’s Largest Thermal Power Station

With 2 600 megawatts of utilized power divided into four units – or groups of installations designed to supply a given amount of electric power – two being coal-fired and the other two oil-fired, the Cordemais power station is EDF’s biggest thermal power station in France. In 2009, it supplied 25 % of the electricity used in the Pays de la Loire Regional Authority and one third of France’s thermal electricity production.


Between 1.3 and 2 million tonnes of coal pass through Montoir de Bretagne before being onforwarded by barge as far as the power station. The imports come from South Africa, as well as from Poland, the USA and Australia.

At this ISO 14 001 certified facility, environmental protection is a key concern: 80 % of the nitrogen oxides, 90 % of the sulphur oxides and 99 % of the airborne ash are removed from the flue gases. Part of the discharged materials (gypsum and ash) is utilized by cement works and building and civil engineering firms.