Power station closures to be reviewed
Thursday 16 October 1997
Professor Stephen Littlechild warned that the moves to reduce coal-fired generating capacity, which would take effect from next April, could drive up wholesale power prices. The review, by an independent consultant, would look at whether the two companies should offer generating capacity for sale to outside bidders.
The probe represents a boost for RJB Mining, the UK's leading coal producer, which has highlighted the risk to mining jobs from the reduction in coal- fired generating plants and the rise of gas generation. RJB had urged the privatised generators to offer parts of their power stations to other operators in the hope that it would maintain demand for coal.
The investigation will focus on National Power's closure of a generating unit at Willington power station in Derbyshire and the mothballing of two units at a large station at Tilbury in Essex, which burn imported coal. PowerGen's decision to shut one of four units at the Ferrybridge power station near Doncaster will also be examined.
A spokesman for National Power said the company was "continually approached" about selling generating capacity, but said it would be too difficult to sell or lease parts of existing stations. "We don't believe it's tenable for a competitor to own or lease part of a production unit which is located under the same roof with common services at a plant we continue to operate."
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