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Aberthaw power station to close putting 170 jobs at risk

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

A power station will close after around five decades of power generation.

Aberthaw B Power Station is last coal-fired power station in Wales and currently employs 170 people.

The owner RWE said it plans to close the station near Barry at the end of March next year.

It said the decision to close the station will contribute to the company’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions.

This is a difficult time for everyone at Aberthaw Power Station. However market conditions made this decision necessary.

I would like to thank all of our staff, past and present, who have contributed to the success of the station for so many years.

Over the coming months we will complete the consultation process.

– Roger Miesen, Chief Executive Officer of RWE Generation
The power station began operations in 1971.

The union, Prospect said the closure will "hit the staff who work there hard".

While all existing coal-fired power stations have a limited life, the announcement to close Aberthaw in 2020 will still hit the staff who work there hard. Prospect will help and support members over the coming months.

– Prospect Negotiator Kevin Warden

In 2017, hundreds of protesters marched on the station, calling for its closure, and more investment in green jobs.

Today, Friends of the Earth Cymru has welcomed the news of the plant's closure.

The writing’s on the wall for the coal industry – we cannot keep burning fossil fuels in a climate emergency and we must stop now...

Combined with the Welsh Government’s announcement at the end of last year that there should be no new coal mining in Wales, so finally we will be able to say that coal is history.

We must now re-energise our efforts to cut emissions to net zero, and secure solutions to climate change that support communities throughout Wales, creating green jobs, and a healthy sustainable future for us all without damaging our climate and wildlife.

– Haf Elgar, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru