Power company E.ON has confirmed plans to close its gas plant in Stoke, citing “challenging” times for power station operators.
The decision, which removes 56MWe of generating capacity in the UK, was taken due to “lack of viable commercial options for the plant”, the Big Six supplier said.
It has also proposed changes to the Combine Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) facilities at Sandbach (pictured), Castleford and Thornhill in a bid to cut costs. They are capable of providing up to 162MWe of capacity to the grid in total.
CCGT plants are considered more efficient gas plants, combining a gas-fired turbine with a steam turbine. They use the gas turbine to create electricity and capture the waste heat to create steam, which in turn drives a steam turbine.
Richard Pennells, E.ON’s UK Country Director Steam and CCGT said: “Over the last five years E.ON has invested over £6 billion in the UK’s energy infrastructure but there is no doubt that the operational environment remains very challenging, particularly for CCGT power stations which in many areas are continuing to fight for survival in the current market, providing increasing uncertainty around future generating capacity planning.”
E.ON said it is working with employees and contractors across the four sites to discuss potential options.
Earlier this month RWE npower also said it could shut seven UK power stations by 2023.