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Rugeley Power Station to close

Discussion in 'Surrounding Areas' started by joshua, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. joshua

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    http://www.staffordshirenewsletter....oss-150-jobs/story-28693028-detail/story.html


    Rugeley Power Station to close - leading to loss of 150 jobs


    By Staffordshire Newsletter | Posted: February 08, 2016

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    Rugeley Power Station to close - leading to loss of 150 jobs



    RUGELEY Power Station is expected to close, leading to a potential loss of 150 jobs.

    The facility, owned by ENGIE and Mitsui and Co, will cease market operations in early summer 2016 due to "the deterioration in market conditions for UK coalfired power generation".

    Bosses say the closure will potentially lead to the loss of 150 jobs, subject to the outcome of an employee consultation exercise, and any further discussions with government bodies.

    David Alcock, CEO of ENGIE's Energy Infrastructure division in the UK, said: "It is with deep regret that we have had to make this decision at Rugeley. Our priority now is to support the employees and help them through this period.

    "We implemented a number of changes at Rugeley a year ago in order to help maintain operations at the site but a combination of falling prices and the impact of various market changes has now made this unviable.

    "We will of course keep all options for the power station under review, and will maintain dialogue with all stakeholders as we proceed with the employee consultation process. I would personally like to thank everyone at Rugeley for their contribution to our business and for their loyal service to the Power Station."

    A spokesman said: "During the consultation period, ENGIE will seek to identify redeployment opportunities elsewhere across the business, in line with the Group's ongoing commitment to employees. A number of ongoing roles are expected to be required to support decommissioning and redevelopment of the site.

    "Unfortunately market conditions for UK coal plant have deteriorated rapidly in recent years, as a result of a continued fall in power prices on the back of commodity market decline, and increases in carbon costs.

    "Under such conditions, there is no prospect of the power station recovering its future operating costs."

    ENGIE is one of the UK's largest independent power producers. Rugeley Power Station, also known as Rugeley "B" has been in operation since 1970. Rugeley "A" station, built on the same site back in the 1950s, was decommissioned in 1996.
     
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  3. Laurie61

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    Where did I put my candles.
     
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    Frame R T10, with silencers, at Rugeley.

    Move it to the middle of the Gaol Square roundabout and fire it on the hour?

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    Took me a second to work out that was the amazon warehouse at the front of that picture...
     
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    More houses.....
     
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    Its sad that its closing but its been on the cards for years (5+)....no one at all should be surprised in the slightest.....
     
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    In 2006 they added very expensive desulphurization plant and 2013 they were talking about conversion to biomass. Forward planning?
     
  9. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    The horizon will never look the same again. ..minus the huge vapour clouds...

    ( steam is not visible )

    Source: F Scotsman
     
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    The move to biomass was thought as the next big thing but operators have had problems. Rwe npower were using part of Tilbury power station to run on biomass but a fire in 2012 set it back to the point that in the end they mothballed it....
     
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    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    I'm working on a renewable energy project using mothballs
     
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    Won't somebody think of the poor moths. :twisted:
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    Harnessing the wind, generated by moths as they flap their wings, is about as economically viable as most other forms of renewable energy power generation.
     
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    How much power can your balls generate ?
     
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    Shouldn't we actually be building more power stations before tearing down our existing (coal burning) ones?
     
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    I can't even begin to think what answer @John Marwood will come back with, in fact I can and I'm shaking my head already
     
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    Totally agree, but this and previous governments have sat on the fence so long they've scared off enough investors and for those who are investing in the new age nuclear power station being built (with Chinese money) have arranged what seems to be a ridiculously high strike price (arranged price) for when the power station is built.....
    Gas power stations are good as they can be built very quickly (18 months or so)....
     
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    You may shake your head but when the snow comes and the lights dim our only hope may be marwoods balls
     
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    Time to get solar panels I think
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    In that case we're fcuked, even if they aren't.
     
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    And Mutti Merkels now building Coal Fired Stations
     

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