SSE to close 1.9GW Fiddlers Ferry Power Station next year

Located in Warrington, Cheshire, in North West England, the Fiddlers Ferry Power Station unit 1 was closed in March 2019. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has announced to close the remaining units at the 1,995MW Fiddlers Ferry Power Station located in Warrington, Cheshire, in North West England, next year. Commissioned in 1971, the Fiddlers Ferry Power Station comprises four units, each of about 500MW of power generation capacity. The unit 1 of the power plant was closed in March 2019. By 31 March 2020, the firm plans to close the remaining three units at the power plant, upon completion of collective consultation with employees and trade unions.

The Fiddlers Ferry is the last remaining coal-fired power station in SSEs generation portfolio in the country. SSE, in a statement, said: SSE has itself committed to reducing the carbon intensity of the electricity it generates by 50%, as well as trebling its renewable energy output, by 2030. This is in line with its vision to be a leading energy company in a low-carbon world.

The company took over ownership of the Fiddlers Ferry Power Station in 2004 from AEP Energy Services in a deal worth 136m. The power plant is said to burn 16,000 tonnes of coal each day at its full capacity. Fiddlers Ferry is also capable of operating on biomass, which is used as its secondary fuel. The Fiddlers Ferry Power Station featuring eight cooling towers, each with a height of 374ft, and a 660ft long high chimney. The closure of the power plant is the result of limited success in the Governments Capacity Market auctions while its current contract ended in September 2019.

The firm said in a statement: Its financial performance has deteriorated to unsustainable levels, with losses of around 40 million in SSEs last financial year. Earlier, the UK government has announced its aim to end unabated coal-fired electricity generation by 2025. The government has passed legislation to achieve net zero carbon emissions target by 2050.