Rugeley coal station closure puts 150 jobs at risk

Plans to close Rugeley coal-fired power station in Staffordshire have been announced. The 1GW plant is expected to cease operations this summer “due to the deterioration in market conditions” for coal generation in the UK as a result of increases in carbon costs and continued fall in power prices, operator ENGIE said. The power station […]

EU opens in-depth probe into Drax biomass plans

A new in-depth investigation into the UK’s plans to support the conversion of the Drax coal-fired power plant into biomass has been launched. The European Commission said it will investigate to ensure the public funds used to support the project do not result in overcompensation and do not give the operator an unfair advantage over […]

SSE to close Ferrybridge coal power station

Energy company SSE has confirmed it will close its coal-fired power plant in West Yorkshire by March next year. It said costs at the 48-year old Ferrybridge power station have been rising due to its age and the UK’s environmental policies – and is forecast to lose £100 million in the next five years. The […]

Early closure threat for Longannet coal plant?

The future of the Longannet coal-fired power station could be under threat as it could close earlier than planned. Last year ScottishPower, which operates the plant in Fife, said it would not be entering the plant into the government’s auction to provide back-up capacity in the winter 2018/19 as a result of high grid connection […]

3,2,1 – blast! Watch Didcot A demolition

They are some of the most iconic chimneys in the country – and as of 5am on Sunday 27th July, they’re gone. Three of the six 100-metre-high cooling towers of Didcot A coal power plant were reduced to ground level in less than 10 seconds. Demolition was hailed with a mix of joy and regret – […]

Ferrybridge aflame

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Mozambique backs $1bn coal plant

Mozambique has approved a new coal power station worth $1 billion (£600m). The nation’s Council of Ministers approved the 600MW project run by a group of companies including Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM), Saudi Arabian power developer Acwapower, Japan’s Mitsui and Brazilian mining firm Vale. The Government estimates building will last about three years. Mozambique has […]

Germany grants licence to new coal plant

A new 725MW coal plant was granted an operating licence in Germany last Friday. Now undergoing trial operations, the tenth unit at the Walsum plant in west Germany is run by German generation firm Steag, one of Germany’s largest electricity producers with Austrian-based supplier EVN as a partner. It’s a sign the country may look […]

Future looks uncertain for Finnish coal plant

The future looks uncertain for a Finnish coal plant after its owner said it is considering partially or fully closing it among a number of options. The news suggests a difficult time for generators in Europe hit by changing power prices and EU pollution laws. The Inkoo power plant on the south coast of Finland […]

Blog: Closing down a power station isn’t monkey business

Most people will never get the chance to do it but stepping foot inside the empty control room of a condemned power station is a strange experience. Like walking onto the film set of a Hollywood flick you’ve seen a hundred times – except this place has been used for real, for decades. Standing in […]