The thermal power station at Cordemais is one of EDF’s biggest electricity production facilities in France. With the national strategy for energy and climate change having determined that the production of electricity by coal-fired power stations is to cease by 2022, this high-capacity production unit has nevertheless been granted special dispensation to operate until 2026. This measure is intended to secure the supply of electrical power to Greater Western France in general, and to Brittany in particular.
The imported coal is received at the Montoir de Bretagne coal terminal, and then onforwarded by barge to Cordemais. Nantes ‒ Saint Nazaire Port personnel maintain the infrastructures, plant and equipment at the highest level of operation so as to guarantee on a continuous basis a sufficient supply of coal to the thermal power station.
Trials are also being carried out at the Cordemais facility as part of a project to turn the site into a plant manufacturing an innovative fuel produced from waste timber products.