Eggborough celebrates a million hours of power

Eggborough power station has now been powering British homes for more than a million hours. Building began on the coal-fired power station in early 1962 and it started generating power […]

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Eggborough power station has now been powering British homes for more than a million hours.

Building began on the coal-fired power station in early 1962 and it started generating power in February 1967. Since then it’s supplied enough energy to power the whole of the UK for a year.

It now provides around 4% of the Britain’s total supply – keeping the lights on in two to three million homes.

One of the country’s largest coal-burning plants, Eggborough recently announced it is now in line to be converted to biomass.

Its owner Eggborough Power claimed the station could eventually meet 10% of the UK’s target to generate a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020.

As much as £500 million will be invested in the switchover. The firm said it will safeguard 800 jobs and directly create 800 more.

Neil O’Hara, Chief Executive of Eggborough Power said: “This landmark has been reached as we embark on a new, sustainable future for Eggborough. Our biomass conversion project plans to transform ageing infrastructure into a major renewable energy power house, extending the life of the facility, securing hundreds of existing jobs onsite and creating thousands more across the region.”