Energy: the Saint-Avold coal-fired power plant will reopen


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S.Ricottier, E.Bach, L.Striano, M.Cazaux, Y.Kreidl, A.d’Abrigeon – France 2

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To counter possible shortages and rising energy prices, France will reopen the coal-fired power plant in Saint-Avold, in Moselle.

The government has announced that the Saint-Avold coal plant (Moselle) would open its doors again. This announcement makes people happy like a former factory manager who declares: “It’s a job that was exciting so I’ll be happy to come back if necessary. It is a need of the country so I will respond to this effort”says Thomas About. It is not the only country that relies on coal, because Germany, the Netherlands or Greece also want to increase their coal production or reopen power plants.

France is obliged to find a quick solution since Russia no longer supplies gas or oil to France. The members of the center are taken off guard to this unexpected reopening, so they will have to replenish stocks to operate the plant. “We currently have the equivalent of a good month of operation, but we will have to find a little coal to spend the other five months“, explains Jean-Pierre Damnthe union delegate FO.

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