Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Saint-Avold (Moselle), Gardanne-Meyreuil (Bouches-du-Rhône), Hornaing (Nord) and Montceau-les-Mines (Saône-et-Loire)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.11 - Production of electricity

215 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 December 2011
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2014


German energy group E.ON plans to close five coal-fired power plants in France affecting some 535 jobs. The affected plants are located in Saint-Avold (Moselle), Gardanne-Meyreuil (Bouches-du-Rhône), Hornaing (Nord) and Montceau-les-Mines (Saône-et-Loire). As of December 2011, there is no information on the timeline of the job cuts.

The closure is due to the need to modernize the facilities to meet new EU standards. Coal-fired power plants are used to make up shortfalls in production, which will increase due to the closure of nuclear power plants in some European countries. Potential buyers have lamented the difficulty to obtain the information necessary to make offers to take over the closing plants. This was also stressed by the French Minister of Industry in a letter to the Chairman of E.ON France.

UPDATE, 31/03/2012 - Sparkling Capital has made an offer to take over four out of five E.ON coal-fired power stations in France - i.e. Saint-Avold (Moselle), Hornaing (Nord) and Lucy (Saône-et Loire). Sparkling Capital claimed that it intends to keep to 365 jobs, and make investments to modernise the facilities.

UPDATE, 12/10/2012 - On 11 October 2012, E.ON's management announced a safeguard employment plan (plan de sauvegarde de l'emploi). 215 jobs will be lost, as opposed to the 535 positions originally announced. The job losses are linked to the closure of two coal-fired power plants in Hornaing (in 2013) and Montceau-les-Mines (in 2014). The closure of Saint-Avold is postponed to 2015. The site of Gardanne will be changed into a biomass power plant.


  • 31 March 2012: Le Figaro
  • 16 December 2011: Challenges.fr
  • 12 September 2012: Les Echos


Eurofound (2011), E.ON, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 73332, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73332.