The declarations of the Minister of Ecological Transition will not have changed anything. The Guyanese administration has given its approval for the construction of a controversial EDF plant in Guyana, while Barbara Pompili had asked to redirect the project, Agence France-Presse noted.
By prefectural decree of 23 October, the prefect of Guyana, Marc Del Grande, “Authorized” the commissioning of the “Thermal power station” of EDF PEI in Guyana, in a swamp forest in the municipality of Matoury. “When the thermal power station is commissioned, the motors run on domestic fuel oil”, announces the prefectural decree.
On October 17, 2020, Barbara Pompili had yet announced in a press release “That it was out of the question to bet on fuel oil”. “With regard to the ecological impact of such a project”, the minister reported having “Asked to reorient it” to a functioning central “Biofuels”, And this “As soon as it is put into service”, announced for 2024.
An upcoming feasibility study
“There is total consistency between the minister’s statements and the development that we will undertake on the file”, assures Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of EDF, in a reaction sent to AFP.
The prefectural decree asks EDF PEI (Island electricity production) to provide “Within two years”, “A technico-economic feasibility study” who will define the “Modalities of implementation” a possible conversion of oil-fired engines into “Biofuel”.
In particular, biofuels must not come from raw materials “Having a high risk of inducing changes in land use”, excluding, for example, palm oil and soya, said the minister. The prefectural decree mentions the prohibition of considering a supply of ” Palm oil “, but does not mention the soybean sector.
Unfavorable opinion of the commission of inquiry
The Larivot fuel-fired power station, which is a replica of the EDF power station in Lucciana in Haute-Corse, is classified “Seveso low threshold”. The Larivot project had received an unfavorable opinion from the public inquiry commission in July 2020.
The thermal power station was co-decided several years ago by the prefecture of Guyana, the local authority of Guyana (CTG) and EDF and had been validated by the former minister of energy transition Nicolas Hulot.
The Larivot is to replace the current thermal power station, “Extremely dilapidated and obsolete”, according to the prefecture of Guyana, commissioned in 1982 by EDF, in Rémire-Montjoly, and maintained under successive exemptions until 2023 despite high polluting emissions.