Strike extended at France’s Cordemais 5 coal power plant until Feb. 13

Power production to be affected for first half of year: EDF
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 02/05/2019
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A view shows the Electricite de France (EDF) coal-fired power plant in Cordemais, near Nantes, France, in a file photo. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File photo

PARIS (Reuters) — A strike at French utility Electricite de France (EDF's) 580 megawatts Cordemais 5 coal-fired power generator has been extended until Feb. 13, data from power grid operator RTE showed on Wednesday.

The series of strikes, which has affected French coal power plants since last year, was called for by unions to protest the government’s plan to phase out coal power generation by 2022.

A separate strike at the same capacity Cordemais 4 generator cut output by over 32 per cent on Wednesday, according to the RTE.

EDF has warned that the strikes could affect power production at its coal power plants throughout the first half of the year, as workers continue their protests.

RTE said the current outage at Cordemais could be extended.

The grid operator has urged workers on strike at the plant several times this winter to restart the generators during a prolonged cold snap, in order to meet electricity demand.

The French government has said it will make a decision in autumn on whether to allow the conversion of EDF’s Cordemais and Havre coal power plants to burn biomass as fuel for power generation.

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