Project Pont-sur-Sambre, France


Serving a new entrant on the electricity market: working with Siemens for Poweo’s first electricity power station in France

Sector: Industry

With the liberalization of the European energy market, a new player appeared on the French market in the form of Poweo. The company launched the construction of four electricity generating stations in France in 2007, one of which is located in Pont-sur-Sambre.

The station in Pont-sur-Sambre includes a 400 MW combined gas-steam cycle (CCGT) electricity generating station at for a total investment of EUR 180 million. It is the first power station Siemens has built in France. BESIX was in charge of the earthmoving works, deep foundations and the civil works of the new Pont-sur-Sambre power station, including the metal structure with handover in 2009.

The combined cycle power plant at Pont-sur-Sambre complies with industry standards in terms of the architectural criteria, which call for an extraordinarily high level of environmental integration (facades in sawtooth zinc elements, untreated wood and Pilkington-type glazing bands).

BESIX has solid experience in building electricity generating stations on the international market, but Pont-sur-Sambre is the first electricity generating station it has built in Europe since the Tihange station 25 years ago.

Project details

Project name



Power, Petrochemical and Desalination

Contract type



Pont-sur-Sambre, France


BESIX France


Poweo / Siemens A.G.

Building Period

2007 - 2009


Pascal Dutertre, DPLG Architect

Total value

€ 31.5 million

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