Viridor to hire Longannet coal plant staff

Viridor plans to hire staff from the soon to close Longannet power station who may have transferable skills. The employees from the Scottish coal-fired station will be part of Viridor’s £1.8 billion energy recovery facilities programme. It aims to recruit people to work at one of its more than 310 facilities across the UK. The […]

Longannet task force unveils details of economic recovery plan

The Longannet task force has unveiled details of its plans to support workers, business and communities affected by the closure of the coal power plant scheduled in March 2016. Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said skills development and employability support have been offered to affected employees. He added: “All workers and onsite contractors will have access to […]

Longannet taskforce recovery plan to help workers

A Longannet taskforce plans to produce an ‘Economic Recovery Plan’ to support workers, businesses and communities affected by the closure of the power station. Owner ScottishPower made the announcement to shut the plant in in March 2016 following National Grid’s decision not to award it a contract for grid balancing services. The taskforce is made up of […]

Longannet coal power plant to close next March

Scotland’s last coal-fired power plant is to close at the end of March next year. Owner ScottishPower said the combination of high carbon taxes and transmission charges means running Longannet Power Station “is uneconomic”. It follows National Grid’s decision not to award the facility a contract for grid balancing services. The power station will now […]

Nicola Sturgeon: UK energy policy needs Scottish voice

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for a new approach to the UK’s relationship with Scotland on energy issues. She said key decisions on energy policy should be made after consulting with the Scottish Government. Ms Sturgeon’s call came as she met with industry experts at the latest meeting of the Scottish Energy Advisory Board […]

Ewing fights for future of Longannet

Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing says his government will try to stop Longannet power station from closing. Speaking in Holyrood yesterday, Mr Ewing said there was a determination to support the workers of the power station in Fife, which now faces closure after missing out on National Grid voltage contracts. He said: “ScottishPower has stated […]

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 […]

Another Scottish CCS project up in smoke

A carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Scotland looks unlikely to go ahead after the firm behind it withdrew planning permission this week, blaming the poor economic climate and “funding uncertainty”. CCS technology is very new and is seen as a way to bridge the gap between traditional fuels and renewable energy. It captures […]

America “leads race for CCS”

North America is leading the race to develop a successful working Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, a new study out today suggests. The United States and Canada hold the top four places in Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s ranking of the world’s most advanced large‐scale demonstration projects. The findings could come as an embarrassment for […]

CCS needs government to hold its hand, claims report

Despite renewed support for Carbon Capture and Storage from the UK Government following the relaunch of a £1 billion support competition, a report suggests the UK has a long way to go in bringing the technology online. Carbon capture is seen as a vital technology for the future of UK power generation, as it has […]