Power Stations To Be Closed Down By Npower
Almost 300 jobs are hanging in the balance after the closure of two power stations was announced.
RWE npower, which provides about 10% of the country's electricity, is to shut the 2,000 megawatt coal-fired Didcot A Power Station in Oxfordshire and the 1,000 megawatt oil-fired Fawley Power Station in Hampshire.
The company will implement its decision at the end of next March because of an EU ruling, aimed at reducing carbon emissions, which means they will have exhausted limits on their hours of operation.
Didcot A and Fawley were both opted out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive, requiring them to cease power generation by the end of December 2015 at the latest.
Volker Beckers, chief executive of 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.
"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."
There are currently 210 staff at the Didcot plant and 60 people employed at Fawley.
The company said the recently opened Staythorpe power station in Nottinghamshire and its new Pembroke power station, due to open on Wednesday, would easily cover the lost electricity capacity.
The £1bn Pembroke plant, also a gas-fired facility, is set to become the biggest of its kind in the country serving 3.5 million homes and businesses once fully operational.