Wednesday, 19 August 2021 09:14

Longannet Power Station to close in March 2016

Longannet Power Station to close in March 2016 Graeme Maclean

Scottish Power has confirmed that Longannet Power Station in Fife will close at the end of March 2016, as the high costs of connecting to the grid and carbon taxes have made it “uneconomic.”

For similar reasons, the energy company says it will not progress further with plans for a gas-fired power station at Cockenzie.

Longannet directly employs 236 people, and the Scottish Government says it will now establish a taskforce to support the workers, businesses and communities impacted by the station’s closure.

Neil Clitheroe, CEO of Retail and Generation at Scottish Power, said: “This is a sad day for ScottishPower, and for our highly-skilled and committed team at Longannet. We have explored every potential option to keep the station open, and we still maintain that Longannet could continue generation in to the next decade under the right economic conditions.”

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “This is a worrying time for Longannet workers and the Scottish Government and its agencies will do everything possible to support the 230 directly employed staff who will be affected by this announcement.

“Our initiative for responding to redundancy situations, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment, has already offered immediate support for affected employees and will work closely with the company and workforce representatives to provide a tailored package of support.”

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