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RWE's Aberthaw coal plant to cease generation December 13

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Effective closure from Friday

UK coal fleet running at 1.56 GW

CM obligations transferred in August

London — RWE's Aberthaw coal plant in South Wales is to de-synchronize from the electricity grid December 13 and remain unavailable from December 14 until official station closure March 31, 2020, the generator confirmed Wednesday.

In July RWE said the 1.56 GW plant would close by the end of March next year even though it held capacity market agreements for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

UK coal generation has been running at an average 1.56 GW in the week to December 11, system data showed Wednesday. Over a year view, coal generation has averaged just 0.73 GW.

"Aberthaw will be generating on unit 9 for the final time and will de-synchronise on December 13, and is declared unavailable from December 14 until station closure on March 31, 2020," RWE spokeswoman Kelly Nye told S&P Global Platts.

According to an August 8 Capacity Market register update, CM obligations held by Aberthaw have been transferred to four sites, including SSE's Peterhead gas plant and EDF's West Burton A coal plant. Other transfers went to RWE generation sites at Cowes (gas) and Grimsby (gas).

-- Henry Edwardes-Evans, Henry.Edwardes-Evans@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Jonathan Fox, jonathan.fox@spglobal.com