Masdar and EDF SA to explore power sector collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa

Publish on 16/01/2018

Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate with EDF SA – the parent company of the EDF Group – in the power sectors of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The agreement was signed by Bader Al Lamki, Masdar’s Executive Director for Clean Energy, and Valerie Levkov, Senior Vice President, Africa and Middle East, EDF SA. Also present were Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Masdar, and Dominique Minière, EDF Group Senior Executive Vice President, Nuclear and Thermal.
The partnership will explore development opportunities within the framework of both companies’ existing off-grid investments in sub-Saharan Africa. It will also evaluate new projects and models for off-grid energy solutions in that region.
Sub-Saharan Africa has limited access to electricity. According to the World Bank, approximately 600 million people live without a reliable energy source. Through today’s agreement, Masdar and EDF SA hope to expand their portfolio in Africa while promoting local socio-economic development.
“Masdar is committed to achieving commercially viable, sustainable access to energy,” said Bader Al Lamki, Masdar’s Executive Director for Clean Energy. “We look forward to collaborating with EDF SA to unlock opportunities to address the acute need for modern energy services in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural communities.”
Masdar’s current sub-Saharan developments include the 15MW Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant and eight rural solar energy projects with a capacity of 16.6MW in Mauritania. The company’s extensive off-grid portfolio also includes solar, wind, solar-powered water treatment projects, battery storage and geothermal projects in the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.
Our in-depth knowledge of the region is key to offering the most adapted energy solutions,” said Valérie Levkov, Senior Vice President, Africa and Middle East, EDF SA. “EDF is convinced that the cooperation with Masdar will enhance the development of essential energy projects for sub-Saharan Africa, combining electrification and low-carbon growth.”
The MoU strengthens the cooperation between EDF and Masdar, which was initiated in 2017 when the EDF group joined the Masdar-led consortium developing the 800 megawatt (MW) third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. The agreement was supplemented by an MoU in November aimed at ensuring cooperation in the development and financing of the solar project.
The EDF group has been present in Africa for over 50 years through a wide range of activities.
EDF has been accelerating its development in clean energy projects, in particular in rural and peri-urban electrification projects. For example, EDF has developed off-grid activities in the Côte d’Ivoire, providing solar kits with pay-as-you-go systems for households, and has developed a 46MW power plant generating electricity from agriculture residue biomass (Biovea – Côte d’Ivoire), the biggest of its kind in Africa.
Masdar is a leading developer and operator of utility-scale power plants, grid-tied projects, small-scale applications that provide energy access to communities away from the electricity grid, and carbon abatement projects. Since 2006, Masdar has invested in renewable energy projects with a combined value of US$8.5 billion. The company’s share of this investment equates to US$2.7 billion.
Masdar will be highlighting its clean energy projects at this year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which is taking place on 13-20 January 2018. 

EDF has strengthened its position in China with two new energy service contracts.

Publish on 11/01/2018

During the official visit of the President of the French Republic to China, the EDF Chairman and Chief Executive, Jean-Bernard Lévy, signed two major energy service contracts. These agreements demonstrate the strengthening of the EDF Group position on the Chinese market.

The first contract concluded with the municipality of Sanya (700,000 inhabitants in the province of Hainan in the south of the country) covers design, construction and operation for thirty years of the network of chilled water (for air conditioning) and sanitation hot water production stations. The network will supply the touristic area under development, composed of around twenty hotels, shopping centres and a hospital, representing 3.4 million square metres of effective surface area. Based on high performance equipment combined with solar panels and a smart operating system, the network enables CO2 emissions to be reduced by 20% compared to the use of individual systems, i.e. up to 70,000 tonnes of CO2 less per year. It will be jointly operated with the local partner, Changfeng Energy (50%).

EDF has concluded a contract with the town of Lingbao (750,000 inhabitants in the province of Henan in the centre of the country) to build and operate a 35-MW biomass cogeneration plant for 30 years. The facility will supply electricity and heating for around 25,000 homes in the town. The municipality can definitively stop using individual coal-fired boilers right after the commissioning of the planned scheduled for 2019, thus reducing CO2 by 150,000 tonnes per year. The plant will be supplied with tree residues, whose supply constitutes additional income for the region’s farmers.

“With the aim of reducing its energy intensity by 15% by the year 2020, China represents an energy service market with high potential. The two new contracts consolidate the Group position in China and fit in with our strategy CAP 2030, which plans to triple EDF activity abroad in countries with high growth by the year 2030”, stated Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group Chairman and Chief Executive.
EDF operations in China
Operating in China for more than 30 years, the EDF Group works in several segments of the energy market:
  • Nuclear power: within the framework of a joint venture with CGN, the Group has developed 2 EPRs on the site of Taishan. In 2017, hot functional testing was successfully performed on unit 1, to test the equipment at temperature and pressure levels similar to operating conditions. The expected commercial operation of the reactor will commence in 2018. Electromechanical assembly is being continued on unit 2, with start-up planned for 2019. EDF also provides support for the CGN Group with operation of its entire fleet.
  • Renewable energies: in July 2016, EDF Énergies Nouvelles acquired a majority holding (80%) in the company UPC Asia Wind Management (AWM), which develops and builds wind power plants in China. The operation covers four plants in operation (66 MW net), one plant under construction (40 MW net) and an extensive portfolio of projects under development.
  • Energy services: at the end of 2017, the Group was granted extension of its concession in the town of Sanmenxia (province of Henan), where EDF has been operating an optimised district heating network, based on recovery of heat from fossil-fuel power plants, in partnership with the Datang electricity company (35%) since 2016. After extension, the district heating network will supply 2 million square metres of town housing.
  • Fossil-fuel power plants: EDF holds 49% of FZPC (joint venture with a subsidiary of Datang), which built and operates Fuzhou ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant. This technology ensures better efficiency (~44% for Fuzhou) and limited environmental impact. Unit 1 was commissioned at the end of 2015 and unit 2 was commissioned in April 2016. EDF has holdings in two other companies operating fossil-fuel power plants.

Binding agreements signed with strategic investors for the acquisition of an equity stake in NEW NP

Publish on 12/07/2017

Today EDF1 confirmed the signature of binding agreements with the following companies for the acquisition of an equity stake in NEW NP capital:
  • MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES2 for a stake of 15% and potentially of up to 19.5%, and
  • ASSYSTEM for a 5% stake.
The sale price for 100% of the equity value of NEW NP has been confirmed at 2.5 billion Euros excluding potential earn-out provisions and adjustments and with no transfer of financial debt at the closing date.

These agreements were signed further to:
  • the signature on 15 November 2016 of an agreement between AREVA and EDF, setting out the terms of the sale of an interest of 51% to 75% of NEW NP capital, conferring exclusive control of this company, initially a 100% subsidiary of AREVA NP. NEW NP will combine AREVA’s Group’s activities relating to design and equipments’ manufacturing of nuclear reactors, fuel design and assemblies manufacturing, and services to the nuclear installed base;
  • Discussions with strategic investors having confirmed their interest and submitted bids to acquire an equity stake in NEW NP alongside EDF.
Immunisation mechanisms3, guarantees and closing conditions set out in the share purchase agreement signed with EDF on 16 November 2016 will apply to these minority investors.

EDF and these third-party investors will simultaneously acquire their respective equity stake in NEW NP, aiming for the various transactions to be completed by the end of the second half of 2017.

EDF remains open for other strategic partners to enter into NEW NP’s share capital.

Discussions are also initiated between EDF and AREVA on the conditions for the implementation of the European Commission decision requiring AREVA to fully exit NEW NP at the latest by the end of AREVA restructuring plan, planned in 2019.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the EDF Group: "The entry of new partners, both leaders in their activities, in the shareholding of NEW NP marks the achievement of a key milestone in the restructuring of the French nuclear industry. This demonstrates the attractiveness of our projects and expertise to the other players of the global nuclear industry. I am delighted with this renewed evidence of confidence in EDF and NEW NP ".

1 With AREVA subject to confirmed approval by its Board of Directors
2 Subject to approval by its Board of Directors
3 Agreements pertaining to the Olkiluoto-3 EPR project and the means required to complete the project, as well as certain agreements pertaining to components that are forged at the Creusot plant, will remain within AREVA NP, within the scope of AREVA SA.

Clarifications on Hinkley Point C project

Publish on 10/07/2017

The review of the costs and timetable of the HPC project, undertaken after EDF's final investment decision in September 2016, in conjunction with the project company (NNB) teams, concluded that:
  • The milestone for the first nuclear safety concrete for the building of Unit 1, scheduled for mid-2019, is confirmed, assuming that the final design, which is on a tight schedule, is completed by the end of 2018.
  • Project completion costs are now estimated at £19.6 billion in 2015 sterling1, an increase of £ 1.5 billion in 2015 sterling, compared to previous evaluations. This estimate includes successful operational action plans, in partnership with suppliers. The estimated additional costs2 result mainly from a better understanding of the design adaptated to the requirements of the British regulators, the volume and sequencing of work on site and the gradual implementation of supplier contracts. EDF's projected rate of return (IRR) is now estimated at about 8.5% compared to about 9% initially.
  • The risk of deferral of delivery (COD) is estimated at 15 months for Unit 1 and 9 months for Unit 2. This risk would entail an additional potential cost of around 0.7 billion in 2015 sterling. Under this assumption, the IRR for EDF would be around 8.2%.
The project company NNB, in compliance with its rules of governance, will study and implement the recommendations of the review.
The management of the project is mobilised on the initial delivery objective for Unit 1 at the end of 2025, and on the identification and implementation of action plans to reduce costs and risks.
The Group maintains its financial targets as described in the 9 May 2017 press release.

EDF strives to double its turnover by 2025 for energy services aimed at businesses and local authorities

Publish on 21/06/2017

EDF has set itself the goal of doubling its turnover for energy services by 2025, then to achieve a turnover of 11 billion Euros by 2030. To establish its position in this field, EDF is launching EDF Solutions Energétiques, a new banner that highlights its expertise and the skills boasted by its subsidiaries, by boosting the profile of each of its brands.

The EDF Group already has solid experience in energy solutions, generating a turnover of 4.4 billion in 2016. Today, EDF’s ambition is to consolidate the development of the activities of the Group and its subsidiaries in countries where it already has a presence, and to launch targeted takeover bids or buy shares in specialist companies.

The EDF Group boasts excellent expertise in the field of energy solutions, thanks to specialist subsidiaries like Dalkia, Tiru, Citelum, Sodetrel, and NetSeenergy. Low carbon heating systems, smart lighting, waste recovery, electric transport: these innovative areas complement each other and respond to the challenges faced by different regions and businesses.

All of these services guarantee energy savings and the establishment of low-carbon solutions. They help businesses boost their competitiveness and tackle the challenges associated with performance. Local authorities appreciate them for their appeal and the way they help reduce their carbon footprint.

The new brand, EDF Solutions Energétiques, supports this ambition. It reinforces the brands of each of the Group’s subsidiaries and reminds people of their ability to support their clients in the challenges raised by energy transition and economic efficiency.

For Henri Lafontaine, the EDF Group’s Senior Executive Vice President for Customers, Services, and Regional Action: “Energy services are a key part of our Cap 2030 strategy. Our goal is to double our turnover by 2025, at least a quarter of which will be generated internationally, and to achieve a turnover of 11 billion Euros by 2030. The new brand, EDF Solutions Energétiques, epitomises EDF’s ambition when it comes to energy solutions as well as the Group’s ability to offer a comprehensive range of competitive products and innovative, customised services to our clients.

Appointments within the EDF Group Executive Committee

Publish on 13/06/2017

Jean-Bernard LÉVY, Chairman and CEO of the EDF Group, has made several appointments to the Executive Committee to take effect as from 17 July 2017.

Simone ROSSI has been appointed as Group Senior Executive Vice President, and will be designated as the Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energy as from 1 November 2017. He was previously the Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the International Division.

Marianne LAIGNEAU has been appointed as the Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the International Division. She was previously the Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Human Resources.

Christophe CARVAL has been appointed as the Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Human Resources. He was previously the Human Resources Director of ENEDIS.

Cédric LEWANDOWSKI has been appointed as the Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Innovation, Strategy and Planning. He was previously Director of the Minister of Defence Cabinet.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, the Chairman and CEO of EDF stated: “I am delighted to welcome to the Executive Committee Christophe Carval and Cédric Lewandowski, two senior directors who have demonstrated solid strategic and operational skills during their career with the Group. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Philippe Torrion, who will shortly be retiring, for his flawless commitment and his outstanding contribution throughout his career at EDF.”

The following members of the Executive Committee remain in their current capacity:
- Marc BENAYOUN, Group Executive Vice President with responsibility for Gas and Italy.
- Antoine CAHUZAC, Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Renewable Energies. In addition, he is the CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles.
- Xavier GIRRE, Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the Group Finance.
- Véronique LACOUR, Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Transformation and Operational Effectiveness.
- Henri LAFONTAINE, Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Customers, Services and Regional Action.
- Dominique MINIERE, Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Nuclear and Thermal Power
- Until 31 October 2017, Vincent de RIVAZ, Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energy.
- Pierre TODOROV, Group Senior Executive Vice President Group General Secretary
- Xavier URSAT, Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of New Nuclear Projects and Engineering

Alexandre PERRA, Director in charge of Executive Coordination and Governmental Relations, acting as Executive Committee Secretary.
A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.1 million customers, of which 26.2 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €71 billion in 2016. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.


Christophe CARVAL

Born in 1960, Christophe CARVAL graduated as an engineer from the HEI Engineering School of Lille.

He has held management positions in electricity and gas distribution entities on the behalf of EDF and GDF, at the departmental level as Director of the Calvados and Pyrénées Gascogne Centres and then Centre Group Director for the Central Region.

In 2007, he managed the project setting up the Joint Services Division at EDF SA in charge of driving operational performance breakthrough and headed up the Division until 2010.

In 2011, he was appointed as the Transformation Director of ERDF.

In January 2014, he was appointed as the Human Resources Director of Enedis, responsible for management of the organisational, working mode and governance transformation projects for the electricity distributor.

Cédric LEWANDOWSKI born in 1969 is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Paris and holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in geopolitics. He joined EDF in 1998 to take up the function of Director to the Chairman, François Roussely.

In 2004, he was appointed as Director in charge of Transports and Electrical Vehicles and chaired the two companies, SODETREL and E-LEASE.

In 2008, he joined the EDF Customers Division as Local Authorities Director and created the brand EDF Collectivités. He was appointed as Chairman of the TIRU Company.

In 2012, he was appointed as Director of Civil and Military Minister of Defence Cabinet, a post that he held up to May 2017.

EDF raises ¥137bn, i.e. around €1.1bn, with the largest “Samurai” bonds issuance of 10+ year maturity

Publish on 23/01/2017

  • Samurai senior bond issuance of ¥137bn in 4 tranches of 10, 12, 15 and 20-year maturity
  • First public Samurai Green Bonds

On 20 January 2017, EDF (AA JCR / A- S&P / A3 Moody’s / A- Fitch) successfully raised JPY137 billion, i.e. around EUR1.1 billion, through a senior bond issuance in 4 tranches on the Japanese market (“Samurai bonds”):

  • JPY107.9 billion bond, with a 10-year maturity and a fixed coupon of 1.088%
  • JPY19.6 billion green bond, with a 12-year maturity and a fixed coupon of 1.278%
  • JPY6.4 billion green bond, with a 15-year maturity and a fixed coupon of 1.569%
  • JPY3.1 billion bond, with a 20-year maturity and a fixed coupon of 1.870%

The 20-year bond represents the longest maturity ever issued on the Samurai market.

The participation in the transaction of a very large number of Japanese investors further contributes towards the Group’s investor base diversification policy.

With the issuance of two green tranches totaling JPY26 billion dedicated to the financing of its renewable investments, EDF opens the Samurai Green market and continues to participate actively in the development of Green Bonds as financing instruments of the energy transition.

Generic Design Assessment process to begin for UK HPR1000 nuclear technology

Publish on 11/01/2017

Third generation design intended for proposed CGN-EDF development at Bradwell in Essex
The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today confirmed that the nuclear regulators have been asked to begin the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the UK HPR1000 nuclear technology. This marks a first step in the robust and thorough process to seek permission to build a nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex.

China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and EDF had submitted a joint application through their joint venture company GNS (General Nuclear System Ltd) to BEIS in October 2016 to begin the GDA process for a UK version of the HPR1000 nuclear technology. The reference plant for the design is CGN’s Fangchenggang Plant Unit 3 in China which is under construction and on schedule.

This is a key step in the development of proposals from CGN and EDF for a new nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex. The UK's nuclear regulators, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency are among the most rigorous, independent nuclear regulators in the world. All nuclear operators in the UK must work within this strict regulatory framework, and all reactor designs satisfy the safety, security and environmental requirements of the Generic Design Assessment process.

The proposed Bradwell project is in an early pre-planning stage which will involve years of investigative works and public consultations before detailed proposals are produced allowing a planning application to be made. A UK version of HPR1000 reactor is intended to be built at Bradwell following GDA approval.

CGN and EDF have been working together for more than 30 years on nuclear development and construction in China. They have formed an industrial partnership in the UK to build Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset and to develop Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.

Zhu Minhong, General Manager of CGN UK said: “The robust independence of the UK’s regulators is seen across the world as a key strength for nuclear in Britain. This is a quality which we value and respect. CGN and EDF will bring to this enterprise their joint experience in China, Britain and France over many years.”

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF Energy Nuclear New Build MD said: “EDF will bring invaluable experience gained from the approval process for Hinkley Point C’s EPR reactors and from our continuing work with the UK’s independent regulators. Both EDF and CGN will also be listening carefully to the community around Bradwell before we draw up detailed proposals for the development of the new power station.”

The GDA process will take a number of years to complete. There are a number of different consents and permissions to be achieved before a nuclear power station can be constructed. As well as successful completion of the GDA process, other requirements include development consent, site licensing and environmental permits.

Nuclear new build projects bring the benefits of reliable low-carbon energy for the country as well as major industrial and economic benefits locally, regionally and throughout the UK.

Fabrice Fourcade becomes EDF’s Chief Representative in China and Hervé Machenaud leaves the EDF Group

Publish on 07/11/2016

Fabrice Fourcade has taken on the role of EDF’s Chief Representative in China as of 1st November 2016. He takes over from Hervé Machenaud who has left EDF after a career spanning thirty-four years, notable for his responsibilities in Asia and in the Production and Engineering Division.

Hervé Machenaud studied at the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. After starting his career in administration at the Ministries of Cooperation and Equipment, Hervé Machenaud came to EDF in 1982 working as Deputy Site Manager at Paluel, at the time when the first 1300 MW reactor was just coming online.

His career within the Group is distinguished by his pioneering role in the development of EDF in China where he was Technical Director for the construction of the DAYA BAY plant between 1985 and 1989. Afterwards, in his role as Director of the Centre National d'Equipement Nucléaire (National Centre for Nuclear Equipment or CNEN), he was in charge of both new nuclear projects in France (PALIER N4) and Export (DAYA BAY – LING AO).

His career went on to encompass the roles of Deputy Director for Equipment and then Director of Production and Transport and finally, Deputy Director of the EDF Group’s “Industry” division. In 2002, he was appointed Director of the “Asia-Pacific” Branch and supervised the Group’s activities in the region from Beijing. Staying loyal to Asia and China, he continued in this role when, on 2 February 2010, he was appointed as the EDF Group’s Senior Executive Vice President for Production and Engineering and became a member of EDF’s executive committee.

The EDF Group’s CEO and Chairman Jean-Bernard Lévy says: “I would like to pay tribute to Hervé Machenaud’s fantastic career and commitment to EDF. In roles including Director of production and Engineering, he has been instrumental in industrial projects that have played a key role in promoting the competitiveness of our electrical system. He has raised the profile of the French nuclear industry in China and helped lay down strong roots for the Group in fruitful partnerships ".

Fabrice Fourcade, 51 years old and a former student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-aux-roses, graduated as a civil engineer from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and he holds a MSc in Mathematics. He began his career in Germany, working in a research laboratory specialising in artificial intelligence, before joining EDF in 1992. As a research engineer and then the head of a research group, his fields of activity included economic studies and applied mathematics focusing on optimising electrical systems. As a member of the Strategy Department, he then managed the team responsible for negotiating prices with the public authorities and the electricity pricing strategy at the time of French deregulation. In 2001, he was responsible for developing electricity and gas services for key clients within EDF’s Customer Branch before he was appointed Senior Vice President, Key Accounts in 2003. In 2007, he became Chief Executive Officer, Dunkerque LNG, a subsidiary of EDF responsible for developing the Dunkirk LNG terminal. From 2010 to 2014, he coordinated EDF’s commercial activities in the Ile de France region, before becoming Senior Vice President of EDF’s strategic plan, CAP 2030, reporting directly to Jean-Bernard Lévy.

JERA to acquire EDF Trading’s coal and freight business

Publish on 11/10/2016

JERA Co., Inc. (“JERA”) and EDF Trading Limited (“EDF Trading”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF S.A., are pleased to announce the signing of a non-binding agreement for the acquisition of EDF Trading’s coal and freight business by JERA Trading Singapore Pte Ltd (“JERA Trading Singapore”), a subsidiary of JERA.

JERA and EDF Trading have had a long standing coal optimisation and trading joint venture founded in 2008 (originally between Chubu Electric Power Company and EDF Trading, and subsequently succeeded to by JERA). This new agreement strengthens our relationship further by affirming the intention to combine EDF Trading’s coal and freight expertise in the Atlantic Basin with JERA’s footprint in Asia and the Pacific creating a truly global coal and freight trading business.

Subject to final agreement, EDF Trading’s existing contractual agreement with JERA will be converted into a minority equity interest in JERA Trading Singapore. JERA Trading Singapore will also acquire 100% of the shares of EDF Trading Australia Pty Limited (which holds a 7.5% interest in the Narrabri coal mining joint venture in Australia) and 100% of the shares of Amstuw BV (which operates the Rietlanden coal terminal in the Netherlands). EDF Trading’s coal and freight employees will transfer to JERA Trading Singapore.

Coal remains an important part of the fuel mix in the global energy markets and demand is expected to increase in Asia as it reduces in Europe. JERA will through the enhanced relationship with EDF Trading have the trading expertise and in-depth market knowledge to expand its Asian trading activities globally thereby strengthening its competitive procurement capability.

Discussions will continue towards a final agreement which is expected to be reached in December 2016.

For further information, please contact:

EDF Trading
Michele Reid, Head of Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7061 4232
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