EDF has announced that it will end generation at its West Burton A, its sole remaining coal-fired power station, in September 2022, two years ahead of the UK Government deadline. Over the next 18 months, two of the four 500 MW units will be available purely to meet capacity market commitments, in order to assist with security of supply. The station will move into decommissioning by 30 September 2022.
Matt Sykes, EDF’s Managing Director for the Generation Business, said: “West Burton A has played a critical role in providing power to the UK for 55 years, including during this recent winter. With EDF’s power generation strategy firmly focused on nuclear and renewables, we now believe it is the right time to provide clarity to our employees and all those connected to the site.”