EDF Energy has announced that it will stop power generation at its Cottam coal-fired power plant in Nottinghamshire, UK, on 30th September, as the plant will no longer be economically viable to run. The 2 GW plant was designed for an operational life of 30 years, but has been in operation for over 50 years.
EDF Energy said in a statement: “This decision reflects the challenging market conditions over the last few years and the context of the drive to decarbonise electricity generation.” The company said that it will support the 158 workers at the Cottam plant through the closure process.
EDF Energy also operates the 2 GW West Burton A coal-fired power station in north Nottinghamshire. West Burton A has power capacity agreements in place for three of its four units until the end of September 2021. The company said: “EDF Energy is committed to honouring these agreements, and will review the future of that station beyond that date.”