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EDF and China Datang to operate coal plant

World Coal,

EDF and China Datang Corporation (CDT) have signed an agreement whereby EDF will hold a 49% stake in Datang International Fuzhou Power Generation Company (FPC).

The joint venture is set to build and operate an ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant with two units with an output of 1000 MW each. Construction works have just started on the Fuzhou site in Jiangxi province in South-Eastern China.

Power plant benefits

Commissioning of the Fuzhou plant is scheduled for 2016. It will be the first ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant to be operated by EDF. This technology guarantees very high efficiency levels (43% compared to 35%) as well as a significantly lower environmental impact, when compared to a conventional coal power plant not equipped with treatment facilities:

  • 800g/kWh of carbon dioxide emissions, compared to 900 g/kWh of CO2
  • 100 mg/Nm3 of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions, compared 720 mg/Nm3 of NOx and 1300 mg/Nm3 of SOx.

China currently produces 75% of its electricity from coal-fired power stations. This agreement offers EDF the opportunity to be deeply involved in the industrial process of constructing and operating the future power plant.


Henri Proglio, EDF CEO, commented: “EDF is delighted to be able to work alongside Datang, a major player in China’s electricity sector, in constructing the latest generation of thermal power plant, equipped with innovative technology and high environmental performance standards. EDF regards its involvement in this project as an opportunity to extend its expertise”.

Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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