18
June
2015
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12:00
Europe/London

E.ON confirms closure of Killingholme power station following a review triggered by confirmation the site will not be included in National Grid’s Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) service

E.ON has today (THURS) announced it is to closethe Killingholme gas-fired power station.

 

This decision follows a review undertaken afterthe company confirmed in March it was to stop ‘normal’ generation at the siteby releasing Killingholme's 900MW ofTransmission Entry Capacity (TEC) and more recently, NationalGrid confirmed it will not include the site in the Supplemental BalancingReserve (SBR) service.

 

E.ON’s priority is to support colleaguesaffected by today’s announcement and it will continue to work with the team atKillingholme, who have been kept fully informed about the potential risk ofclosure in recent months.

 

Commenting on the disappointment felt at thesite and across the company, Tony Cocker, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said:

“My main priority is our colleagues atKillingholme and we will continue to do all we can to help them through thisdifficult and uncertain time. I would also like to thank everyone who has madea contribution to Killingholme throughout its lifetime – from the time thepower station was a plan on a drawing board through to the team that willcontinue at the site in the months ahead to ensure it remains safe and secure.

 

“Ultimately, the decision to close the powerstation is not one we have taken lightly and, as our actions have shown, wehave exhausted every possible option to try to keep the plant viable. Thereality, however, is that market conditions for both gas-fired electricitygeneration and coal-fired are very challenging and in this particular case toobig to overcome which has resulted in 900MW of generation capacity beingpermanently removed from the UK’s power network.”

 

Killingholme, which in addition to the recentSBR tender was also entered into the recent UK Capacity Market Auction but wasunsuccessful, is a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) comprising two 450MWmodules giving a total generation capacity of 900MW. Approximately 50 people intotal are employed at the North Lincolnshire site.

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