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London — A strike at the 1.2 GW Cordemais coal-fired power plant in France was extended to Friday morning, operator EDF said Monday evening.

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Workers are protesting against government plans to close the plant by 2022.

Output from France's four remaining coal plants remained at zero Tuesday, data from grid operator RTE show. In all 3 GW are unavailable.

Workers at Cordemais near Nantes have been on strike for over a week, with the CGT union calling for a moratorium on closure while biomass conversions plans were assessed.

Union representatives met Thursday with the energy ministry, with one local report suggesting the government wanted an update from EDF on conversion plans.

EDF modernized Cordemais under the Coal 2035 plan before the Macron administration decided to fast-track coal closures.

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In August, EDF presented plans to convert Cordemais to biomass under the Ecocombust project.

EDF's other coal plant at Le Havre is also unavailable until Friday due to an outage.

Uniper, which operates France's other two coal plants, has warned of a very high strike risk at its power plants and called for urgent clarity on the coal closures from the government.

--Andreas Franke,

--Edited by Jonathan Fox,