E.ON confirms closure of Killingholme power station

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 by The Manufacturer

The announcement follows a review triggered by confirmation Killingholme gas-fired power station will not be included in National Grid’s Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) service.

This decision follows a review undertaken after the company confirmed in March it was to stop normal generation at the site by releasing Killingholme’s 900MW of transmission entry capacity (TEC) and more recently, National Grid confirmed it will not include the site in the supplemental balancing reserve (SBR) service.

E.ON’s priority is to support colleagues affected by the announcement and it will continue to work with the team at Killingholme, who have been kept fully informed about the potential risk of closure in recent months.

Commenting on the disappointment felt at the site and across the company, Tony Cocker, chief executive of E.ON UK, said: “My main priority is our colleagues at Killingholme and we will continue to do all we can to help them through this uncertain time. I would also like to thank everyone who has made a contribution to Killingholme– from the time the power station was a plan on a drawing board through to the team that will continue at the site in the months ahead to ensure it remains safe and secure.

“Ultimately, the decision to close the power station is not one we have taken lightly and, as our actions have shown, we have exhausted every possible option to try to keep the plant viable. The reality, however, is that market conditions for both gas-fired electricity generation and coal-fired are very challenging and in this particular case too big to overcome which has resulted in 900MW of generation capacity being permanently removed from the UK’s power network.”
The station near East Halton and North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire; Killigholme B opened in 1993, and employs just over 50 people.