Mélina Facchin 3:40 p.m., November 28, 2022

A few months after the government's decision to permanently close the coal-fired power plant in Saint-Avold, in Moselle, it is preparing to resume service on Tuesday morning, according to information from Europe 1. This restart of a polluting power plant is explained by the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis.

By decision of the government, the coal-fired power plant of Saint-Avold, in Moselle, resumes service from this Tuesday, November 29 in the morning, according to information from Europe 1. It had definitively closed its doors last March.

But with the war in Ukraine and the ensuing energy crisis, the state had finally asked that the plant be ready to resume service.

Employees recalled with big bonuses

This summer, the management of the plant had therefore had to recall all its dismissed employees, in particular with large bonuses, and undertake renovation work.

Until now, the temperatures were still quite mild.

Since then, the green light has been given and production therefore officially resumes in a few hours.

About 500,000 tons of coal will be transformed in Saint-Avold in the coming months to produce electricity, the equivalent of a third of the consumption of homes in the Grand Est.


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There is only one other coal-fired power plant in France, at Cordemais in Loire-Atlantique.

Together, these very polluting plants represent only 1 to 2% of energy production in France.