Gas- and Oil-Fired Plants in France and Switzerland
Aramon
Location: Gard (FR)
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 2 X 700 MW
Operation: 1977
Fuel: heavy fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Fives
T/G supplier: CEM
EPC: Bouygues
Quick facts: After being mothballed for 13yrs, and a 22mo refit, Unit-1 was put back in-service in 2008 to meet peak demand. In Jun 2009, EDF began a €30mn overhaul of Unit-2. The plant is on the Rhone River. The stack is 250m tall, the second tallest on any French power station.

Photograph by salva1745 (Flickr)
Posted 26 Sep 2009

Arrighi
Location: Val-de-Marne (FR)
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 4 units, 225 MW, 1 X 105 MW, 1 X 117 MW
Operation: 1931-1955 (ret)
Fuel: fuel oil, coal
Boiler supplier: Fives
T/G supplier: Alsthom
Quick facts: This site was first used to produce traction power in 1899 by Société de l’Est-Parisien Lumière The company then built a modern plant named after engineer Jean Antoine Arrighi de Casanova. Architect Georges-Henri Pingusson oversaw the work and when the first phase of the modern plant was put online in 1931, it was the largest power station in Europe. The plant was closed in 1985 and demolished by implosion in two phases in Oct 1991 and Apr 1992. It has been re-used for new gas turbine capacity.

Photograph courtesy of Vitry-sur-seine Direction de la Communication
Posted 27 Sep 2009

Chavalon
Location: Valais (CH)
Operator: Centrale Thermique de Vouvry SA
Configuration: 2 X 150 MW
Operation: 1965-1966 (ret)
Fuel: fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Sulzer
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss, Oerlikno
Quick facts: Chavalon has the largest conventional steam-electric turbines ever installed in Switzerland. The plant was closed in July 1999.

Photograph by Perraudin and courtesy of Centrale Thermique de Vouvry SA
Posted 1 Nov 2013

HKW Aubrugg
Location: Zurich (CH)
Operator: AWEL Kantonale Fernwärmeversorgung
Configuration: 80 MWt heat only
Operation: 1977
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: ??
Quick facts: The plant was designed by architects Pierre Zoelly and Basler & Hofmann. The 105m stack is the second tallest structure in Zurich. The power plant is located in the center of a freeway junction. The two 11-bar, 125mt/hr boilers are among the largest in the country.

Photograph by Ikiwaner (wikipedia)
Posted 8 Nov 2009

Martigues
Location: Bouches-du-Rhone (FR)
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 4 X 250 MW
Operation: 1971-1974 (ret)
Fuel: heavy fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Babcock-Atlantique
T/G supplier: CEM, Rateau-Schneider, Jeumont
Quick facts: Development of this 52ha site on the Gulf of Fos began in 1969. Units 2-4 have been retired. Units 1&2 were converted to 2 X 465-MW CCGT blocks online in 2012/13.

Photograph courtesy of Electricite de France
Re-posted 29 Sep 2009

Porcheville-B
Location: Yvelines (FR)
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 4 X 600 MW
Operation: 1979-1982
Fuel: heavy fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Babcock-Atlantique, Stein
T/G supplier: CEM, Rateau-Schneider, Jeumont
Quick facts: Porcheville has a 120ha site on the Seine near Mantes-la-Joliei 45km from Paris. Unit-1 of the "B" plant went online in Jul 1968. The plant was mothballed in the mid-1990s. After 13yrs, EDF reactivated the first two units. Unit-1 came back on line in December 2006 and Unit-2 at the end of 2008. The 3yr project cost €170mn. The stacks are 220m tall.

Photograph courtesy of Electricite de France
Re-posted 25 Jun 2011

   
Richemont
Location: Moselle
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 3 X 55 MW, 2 X 125 MW
Operation: 1955-1960 (ret)
Fuel: BFG, fuel oil, top gas
Boiler supplier: EVT
T/G supplier: BBC, Alsthom
Quick facts: Richemont is in Lorraine not far from the EDF plants at Blenod and La Maxe. The 51ac site on the Moselle was developed for power generation by a group of six steel companies and run for 40yrs before being acquired by EDF in 1995. The main plant fuel was blast-furnace gas and top gas from the Florange-Hayange blast furnace complex, eventually the property of Arcelor Mittal. Three sets were closed by EDF after the acquisiton, but a single 125-MW unit continued in regular operation until 2009 with a 55-MW set maintained for backup. The Richemont power statton is now closed.

Photograph courtesy of Electricite de France
Posted 29 Sep 2009

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 01-Nov-2013

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