SSE has issued the following statement regarding the closure of Ferrybridge.
Following a comprehensive review of its coal plants, SSE today made the difficult decision to shut down the Ferrybridge power plant by March 31, 2016.
Costs for the 48-year-old power plant have risen due to its age and environmental legislation, and a loss of £ 100million is expected over the next five years. This financial situation, combined with the political consensus that coal has a limited role in the future, means that keeping the station open is not sustainable.
“It was a very difficult decision to make due to the impact on our Ferrybridge employees, their families and the community.
“It has been known for many years that the UK should phase out coal as it moves towards a more sustainable energy mix. We looked to protect jobs and invest in the site to keep it running for as long as possible, but we finally had to make this unfortunate decision today.
“Our team at Ferrybridge is highly skilled, dedicated and with a strong track record of performance – and we are keen to ensure, where possible, that staff are redeployed to other parts of the SSE group, for example the power plant. neighbor of Keadby. ; or across the company.
“We are aware that this is a worrying time for our employees and our priority is to support them in the weeks and months to come. “
– Paul Smith, Managing Director of SSE and Generation
SSE will work closely with its 172 Ferrybridge employees to redeploy them to other locations where possible, including to its nearby Keadby gas-fired power plant which will be brought back into service; ensure recycling where possible; offer voluntary release on improved terms; and do everything possible to avoid forced dismissals.
SSE remains committed to the Ferrybridge site and to the local community. The £ 300million Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) project is expected to be fully commercially operational by the end of 2015, and will provide 46 full-time jobs at the site, with more to be created in the chain. supply. It supported more than 500 jobs at the height of construction and involved around 30 local businesses. The Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 project under development on the site could generate similar benefits if it obtains planning permission (a planning decision is expected before the end of 2015).
This announcement has no impact on existing operations at the SSE Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired power plant, which currently has a capacity market contract for 2018/19, and will be listed at the 2015 capacity market auction.