Kingsnorth coal-fired power station ends commercial generation and will close by 31st March 2013

E.ON has today confirmed that Kingsnorth coal-fired power station in Kent, ceased commercial generation at 1510hrs. Decommissioning / closure work will be undertaken at the power station as it heads towards formal closure by 31 March 2013.

The power station, along with others across the UK, was forced to stop commercial generation as a result of the EU's Large Combustion Plant Directive legislation (LCPD) which required it to close after generating for 20,000 hours from 1st January 2008. If the commercial running hours had not been used up the station would have been forced to close at the end of 2015 regardless of time remaining.

Commenting on the end of commercial operations at Kingsnorth, Tony Cocker, Chief Executive of E.ON UK said: "Above all else I want to say thank you to all the men and women who built and worked at Kingsnorth throughout its lifetime.

"The reality that is dawning on us all now is that the end of commercial operations at Kingsnorth not only marks the end of an important chapter but highlights the very real and present need for the Government to deliver a framework that will provide a sustainable future for existing power stations and the new age of investment this country needs.

"Over the coming months more power stations will stop powering the UK and this provides a most striking example of the need for a clear, straightforward and customer-centric solution to be delivered by the Energy Bill. We need to get it right, and quickly, so we and other investors can build new plants with confidence.

All details regarding appropriate updates and the short-term market availability of Kingsnorth were made available via the normal market mechanisms and at http://eon-uk.com/generation/generationtransparency.aspx.


Notes to Editors:

  • E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity, retailing power and gas, developing gas storage and undertaking gas and oil exploration and production, it is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. E.ON employs around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 79,000 worldwide;
  • In the UK, E.ON supplies power and gas to around five million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers - meaning the company has to buy approximately 122.7 billion kWh of power and gas each year to meet their needs. E.ON also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers' needs, and is helping customers become energy efficient by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even generate their own power;
  • E.ON's generation portfolio includes world-class gas-, coal- and oil-fired power stations. E.ON is a market leader in combined heat and power (CHP), and is one of the UK's leading green generators with 20 wind farms and the UK's first wave power generator, with another 1,500MW of renewable capacity under development;
  • One of the many ways E.ON leads the energy industry is through its commitment to market liquidity and transparency as evidenced by its actions on the day-ahead UK power markets including the N2EX auction. E.ON was the first company to sign a gross-bidding agreement with N2EX and leads the market with a volume equivalent to some 60% of E.ON UK's generation activity being traded so far this year.

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Scott Somerville (02476 183 438) 

Victoria Blake (02476 181304)