RWE npower announces closure of coal-fired Didcot A Power Station and oil-fired Fawley Power Station
RWE npower has today announced that the 2,000MW coal-fired Didcot A Power Station in Oxfordshire and the 1,000MW oil-fired Fawley Power Station in Hampshire will both close at the end of March 2013 under the EU Large Combustion Plant Directive.
Commenting on the announcement, Volker Beckers CEO RWE npower said:
”Both of these stations were built more than 40 years ago, and have been the unsung heroes of our economy ever since, helping to keep the lights on and Britain working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
“This is a time to reflect on the fantastic teams we have at both of these stations, who have helped to deliver over 80 years of generation for the UK.”
These closures, driven by Government policy, reflect the changing shape of power generation in the UK with modern, low carbon power generation replacing older, less efficient power stations. RWE has invested more than £3 billion in the UK over the past three years and now operates the largest installed capacity of both renewable and gas-fired power stations in the country.”
“We will be working hard with all our people at these sites throughout the coming months, to help identify new opportunities within our business wherever possible.”
Didcot A and Fawley Power Stations were both opted out of the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive, which is aimed at reducing emissions across Europe. The stations were therefore required to cease generation by the end of December 2015 at the latest or once an allocated number of operational hours were completed (20,000 hours for coal or 10,000 hours for oil.)
Fawley and Didcot A Power Stations’ open cycle gas turbines will remain operational until further notice.
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