Three months after its closure, the Saint-Avold (Moselle) power plant could finally go back to coal. Due to the war in Ukraine which threatens the gas supply, “we keep the possibility of being able to operate the Saint-Avold power plant for a few more hours if we need it next winter”, explains to franceinfo the ministry of energy transition, Sunday, June 26, confirming information from RTL.
The ministry makes it clear: it would be a resumption of activity “temporary”. “The President of the Republic has undertaken to close all coal-fired power stations. This commitment remains unchanged. We are not at all on the logic of reviving coal in any form, but on a scheduled and accompanied closure.
And to add: “This is part of the closure plan. This device as announced by the previous government can still be activated. In any case, we would remain below 1% of electricity produced by coal. No Russian coal would be used.”
Concretely, a decree will be put out for consultation to “organize this possibility of operation next winter”. Also, “dare Legislative adjustments will be proposed in the purchasing power bill, the measures of which will be the subject of consultation next week.
For its part, the Czech operator GazelEnergie has already started working on a recruitment plan for 87 former employees. According to information from franceinfo, an extraordinary meeting of the Ccorporate social committee is to be held on Wednesday June 29 in the morning. The agenda is clear: “Information and consultation on the project for the temporary and exceptional restart of CEH6 for the period from October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023”.
A note evokes “a new contextual deal on the sector
activity of energy production in France”. It is particularly linked, we read, to the “difficulties in supplying Russian natural gas following the war
Russia/Ukraine”, and to “a strong sensitivity to climatic conditions, on the demand side in France due to electric heating, and on the supply side in Europe with increased production of renewables”.
According to our information, Yannick Mathieu, interministerial delegate for supporting territories in energy transition, was also passing through Saint-Avold no later than Tuesday. It was “sure” to discuss the possible resumption of activity, slips an employee: “We were told about very, very strong probabilities. Some employees have left the company, so we have to see who can be mobilized. A reclassification leave was in progress.”