GDF SUEZ currently has a power generation capacity of 117 GW. Its power generation facility is one of the most diverse in the world.
GDF SUEZ’s electricity production around the world
- Largest independent electricity producer in the world,
- 4th largest electricity producer in Europe,
- Largest electricity producer in the Netherlands and Belgium,
- 2nd largest electricity producer in France,
- #1 independent electricity producer in Brazil and largest independent IPP in Thailand, 2nd in Peru and Panama,
- #1 independent energy developer in terms of installed capacity in the Persian Gulf region.
The Group also plays a prominent role in central Europe (Poland, Hungary, etc.), Latin America (Peru, Panama and Chile), Asia (China, Pakistan and Singapore), the Middle East, the United Kingdom and Australia.
GDF SUEZ Energy International: four major strengths
- A unique and top-tier industrial positioning,
- A profile of significant growth in fast-developing markets and economies (such as South America, Asia, and the Middle East),
- A production portfolio that is unrivalled in its balance and diversity (optimal geographical distribution, low CO2 emissions energy mix and variety of contract types),
- A robust financial structure to support and sustainably grow industrial development, enhanced access to financing and attractive financial and operational synergies.
The electricity mix: a diversified electricity production base
GDF SUEZ’s electricity production assets are some of the most diversified in the world. They comprise:
- significant nuclear capacity,
- latest generation gas power stations (combined cycle),
- a large hydroelectric power capacity (mainly in Brazil and France),
- fast-growing production capacity from renewable sources (biomass, wind power, solar, hydropower etc.),
- traditional thermal power capacity (latest generation “supercritical” coal-fired plant).
To meet ever increasing energy needs, GDF SUEZ is constantly increasing its electricity generation capacity by pursuing an active policy of industrial investments in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
Renewable energies, a key issue
Since an increase in electricity production must not jeopardise the environmental equilibrium, GDF SUEZ is focusing on developing new infrastructures and favours the solutions that are most efficient and produce the lowest CO2 emissions
Poland, a key market for the production of green electricity
GDF SUEZ is the leader in green energy production in Poland. Its subsidiary GDF SUEZ Energia Polska operates the Polaniec coal and biomass combustion plant, with a capacity of 1,635 MW. The plant, which has recently invested in technology for the desulphurisation of smoke, produced 7.5 TWh of electricity in 2012, 1.1 TWh of which were classified as renewable since they were produced from biomass.
To date, 22% of the Group’s power capacity comes from renewable resources. Hydropower is of course the main energy source to be exploited, but wind power, solar power, biomass and biogas occupy a growing position in the energy mix.