The French unit of Endesa has begun the installation of two 430MW combined-cycle power units at its Emile Huchet site in France. The new units will require an investment of approximately E470 million.

The two units, scheduled to come on-stream in the first half of 2010, would increase Endesa France’s current installed capacity by 30%.

Endesa France has selected Siemens and Cockerill Maintenance Ingenierie to construct the project. The companies will use single shaft technology in order to speed up construction and optimize the investment, according to a company release.

The construction of these two plants forms part of the company’s industrial plan. This plan gives priority to low-emission technologies, including projects to construct more than 2,500MW of combined-cycle plants between 2010 and 2011 at the sites of its four major coal-fired plants in Emile Huchet, Hormaing, Lucy and Provenza, in addition to the new site at Lacq.

The company’s plan also envisages the installation of around 200MW of wind farm capacity, of which 105MW is under construction or at project stage, and a 700MW clean coal plant in Le Havre.