ENERGY – She was “struck by lightning”. The tallest tower of the Émile Huchet power station in Saint-Avold (Moselle) was dynamited this Sunday, February 11. As you can see in the video below (starting at 13’30), the 10,000 tonnes of concrete of cooling tower number 5, which measured 120 meters high, collapsed in a few seconds.
Hundreds of curious people gathered around the site to witness this demolition, which marks a symbolic step in the conversion of the site from coal to hydrogen.
The Saint-Avold power plant is one of only two coal-fired power plants still in operation in France, with that of Cordemais (Loire-Atlantique). But as Emmanuel Macron has committed to it, France will stop the operation of these power plants and we must therefore give a new horizon to these sites.
Both are preparing their conversion to biomass but the Saint-Avold site wants to become a “eco-platform” : she plans other projects like “Emil’hy” (for Émile Huchet and hydrogen), which should enable the production of low-carbon and renewable hydrogen by 2027, by electrolysis of water.
The engineering studies are being finalized and public consultation should begin at the end of February, Camille Jaffrelo, spokesperson for GazelEnergie, the company which operates the plant and whose owner is the man behind it, told AFP. Czech businessman Daniel Kretinsky.
The project plans, for 2030, a total capacity of 400 MW and a production of 56,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year. Initially, the initial phase will primarily supply the German steelmaker Saarstahl Hoolding Saar (SHS), located opposite. To date, it represents an investment of 780 million euros.
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