SSE has announced that it is closing one of its four units at the Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired power station in Cheshire, UK. The closure of the 485 MW unit at the plant in Warrington will reduce the capacity of the power station from 1995 MW to 1510 MW in total. The remaining three units all have capacity mechanism contracts and will continue t operate as normal.
The announcement comes as the UK Government reiterated its commitment to phasing out coal-fired power plants by 2025. SSE said that it will continue to review the long-term future of the power station.
EDF Energy has also recently announced plans to close its 2 GW Cottam power station in Nottinghamshire, UK. It said that this reflects the “challenging market conditions over the last few years and the context of the drive to decarbonise electricity generation.”