25
April
2016
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00:00
Europe/Amsterdam

Aberthaw Power Station operations update

Following the successful completion of a major environmental project at Aberthaw Power Station earlier this year, RWE is announcing its decision to further reduce emissions and increase fuel diversity.  

The technology selected for this next project will enable all three of the station’s 500MW units to expand the range of coal they can use. This will enable the safe and efficient burning of higher volatile coal whilst maintaining the capability to burn Welsh low-volatile coal. Importantly, this will yield a 30% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions when burning higher volatile fuels. This will ensure that we fully comply with our future emissions obligations.

We are working to secure the future operations of Aberthaw Power Station. We must however recognise that the current market for energy generation remains extremely challenging and demand for coal generation over the coming years is expected to be low compared to recent times. Against this backdrop we have to make decisions to future-proof our operations. Today we have announced a change to our operating regime, which will focus on ensuring secure capacity is available when needed but with lower energy generation operations.

Aberthaw Power Station is proud to have generated secure energy for the UK/Wales for over 40 years. It will continue to have a role to play in the transition of the UK to a lower carbon energy system by providing guaranteed capacity at times of high demand and with lower emissions.

Richard Little, Aberthaw Power Station manager, ”When market conditions are very difficult it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our people that we can adapt the station to ensure that it continues to play a key role into the future.”