Fossil-fired power plant: integrated expertise throughout the sector
From the preliminary development project to construction, operation, conversion and decommissioning, EDF operates throughout the entire fossil-fired value chain.
Ensuring the performance of the fossil-fired fleet
EDF brings together complementary expertise to cover the entire value chain of the fossil-fired power generation sector from design to construction, operation and decommissioning of power plants (coal-, natural gas- and oil-fired). The Group is tasked with ensuring the performance of the generation fleet to secure and optimise its offering at all times.
Fossil-fired capacity accounts for 7% of the total capacity of EDF’s generation fleet in France
Building on its 70 years of experience as a project manager, the Group’s fossil-fired engineering department calls on transnational teams as required to manage all phases of a project. Outside France, it offers engineering and construction of fossil-fired projects.
Across the Group as a whole, fossil-fired generation amounts to an average of 70 TWh/year and 27 GW of installed capacity
E-monitoring to boost performance
EDF has increasingly introduced e-monitoring of fossil-fired power plants since 2010. The EDF monitoring teams, made up of process engineers and experts, work to support operation by optimising fossil-fired power plant performance and availability. Their remote monitoring tools enable them to quantify differences between power plant performance and expected values at any point in time and to detect anomalies early on in order to anticipate faults and plan maintenance work.
Plant decommissioning and re-use of land: high stakes at play
When a power plant is shut down in France, EDF aims to give its asset a new lease on life by preparing for the various stages of work, from discontinuation of operation to site conversion for new activities. In this way EDF strives to maintain the industrial vocation of its sites and prepare the future. Site refurbishment projects take seven to 10 years to complete. The goals are to:
Ensure site safety and protect the environment
Record and archive the full range of documentation
Recover and recycle all or part of the facilities, equipment and materials
Dismantle and clean up the site in strict compliance with regulations
Manage the land asset long term
The rehabilitation of fossil-fired power plant sites is governed by quality (ISO 9001), health and safety (OHSAS 18001) and environmental (ISO 14001) standards.