Coal-fired power plant to close in 2016

The owners of the Eggborough 2,000 MW coal-fired power station have announced it is to set to close next year.

Eggborough Power Limited said yesterday (2 September) that the 50-year old power could close at the end of March 2016, with the potential loss of approximately 240 jobs.

The owners are currently carrying out a staff consultation exercise and in talks with government bodies, but warned the plant would require £200 million over the next three years to continue generating power.

“We are deeply saddened at the prospect of potentially ceasing generation at Eggborough Power Station and believe that Eggborough Power could have a significant part to play in ensuring security of supply in the UK electricity market, particularly while there remains great uncertainty around new-build gas-fired generation,” said Chief Executive, Neil O’Hara.

“We intend to conduct a thorough consultation process with our employees and their representatives while we continue to consider all options available to us, including seeking to engage with government bodies. Our priority is to support our staff during this difficult time.”

The 2,000MW coal-fired power station has the potential to power 2 million homes.

“This is obviously disappointing news for everyone connected with Eggborough, but people can be assured that energy security will be unaffected,” said a spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

“The Government takes security of supply very seriously and has worked with National Grid to put in place an effective plan, which is flexible enough to adapt to individual plant closures. Our top priority is making sure UK families and businesses have secure, affordable energy supplies - we have ensured that National Grid have everything they need to manage the system.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues