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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #290 - Fight: A conversion project of a coal-fired power station (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 2 Feb 2019 09:49:10 +0200


The employees of the Cordemais power station have launched a protracted strike to defend the project to convert the coal-fired power plant into a biomass power station. ---- The French State has announced the closure by 2022 of the last four coal plants. Cordemais and its two 600-megawatt units near Nantes are among them. The site employs 400 employees and generates 800 indirect jobs. For several years, the union CGT de Cordemais, majority, defends in alternative to the closure a project of reconversion into a biomass plant. ---- Under trade union pressure, EDF launched an experiment, called Ecocombust, to produce pellets made from local wood waste, which are usually dumped. " Three test campaigns were successfully conducted , " says Gwenaël Plagne, CGT representative. " No one here is climate-skeptical," says Damien Mouille , CFE Energy delegate. We are all aware that we can not continue to function as we did. But we firmly believes in this project " . [1]The tests were carried out with 80 % biomass and 20% % of coal. An experiment proving that the Ecocombust technology is efficient without coal must be conducted during the first quarter of 2019.

Yet Macron said on November 27, 2018 that the closure of the last French coal plants, including that of Cordemais, would be effective within four years. On December 11 at the call of the inter-union CGT-CGE Energy-FO was launched an extendible strike and the two coal slices were stopped: " The time to obtain a future at the site " . Employees intend to multiply the actions. On December 17, they and they " paralyzed train traffic and road traffic at the Cordemais level crossing (...). This action took place as part of the renewed strike started last Tuesday, December 11, which follows the event in Paris on Thursday 13 with a reception by the directors of Cabinet in which we had a plea of inadmissibility to our claims " [2]

Jacques Dubart (AL Nantes)

[1] Ocean Press , December 11, 2018

[2] See the CGT EDF Cordemais blog

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Lutte-Un-projet-de-reconversion-d-une-centrale-a-charbon
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