Germany energy supplier E.ON is mothballing its oil-fired power station in Kent and plans to close the site by the last day of December this year.
E.ON UK today announced the 33 year old oil-fired Grain-A power station will close three years earlier than first planned because of EU environmental regulations.
The Grain-A plant, which has not generated power during the last two years, was originally due to be closed by the end of 2015 as it does not meet the stringent requirements set by the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD).
Dr Tony Cocker, Chief Executive of E.ON UK thanked the workers at the plant and said gas is now changing the way British electricity is produced.
He said: “As this corner of Kent demonstrates, how we generate the electricity we all need is changing. Oil-fired Grain-A and our coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth are both set to close under LCPD rules but just next door we have our brand new super-efficient gas-fired combined heat and power station”.
Dr Cocker pointed to wind power as another change making an impact: “We’re a key partner in the ongoing development of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, London Array… The whole system is changing and needs to transform to one of greater efficiency, lower carbon intensity and cost-effective back-up capacity.”