France insists on closing the remaining coal power plant by 2022

2019-04-09

The French government has insisted on its previously announced goal of shutting down the remaining coal-fired power plants in France, as a report by the grid operator RTE on Wednesday confirmed that coal-fired power generation could not be used in some cases.


In January, the government asked power system operators to conduct additional analysis of the power security situation in France without a coal-fired power plant.


The French government plans to stop the remaining coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of about 3,000 megawatts, operated by state-controlled utility companies EDF and Germany's Uniper as part of their efforts to curb carbon emissions.


Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy said at a press conference: "In view of the recent supply security related factors provided by RTE, we can confirm the deadline of 2022."


However, he added, "This is not a simple process." RTE said in the report that considering that it is possible for France to shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2022, the process should be gradual, so the work of shutting down coal-fired power plants may It is from 2022.


However, the French government insisted on closing the remaining coal-fired power plants by the end of 2022.


Reuters said that if this goal is to be achieved and a stable supply of electricity will be ensured, France's new EPR nuclear reactor and a new gas-fired power plant must be put into normal operation. At the same time, the submarine interconnection system connecting the UK and France must also be invested as planned. Operate to get ample alternative power supply.


RTE warns that if EPR and gas-fired power plant operations are extended, supply security cannot be guaranteed in 2022. In this case, the operation of the coal-fired power plant can be extended, but its production time should be limited, mainly in the winter.