Scottish & Southern Energy gets green light to build 870 MW gas plant in Wales

Scottish & Southern Energy's (SSE) plans to build an 870 MW gas fired power station in Wales have been approved by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
 
The new Abernedd power station will be built at the Baglan Bay Energy Park, on the former site of a chemical plant near Port Talbot in Wales, reports Reuters. DECC also gave SSE approval to retrofit its coal plant in Fiddler's Ferry, Warrington, with a plant to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides.
 
Meanwhile, SSE said it plans to mothball its 123 MW gas fired Fife power plant in Scotland at the end of March because rising gas and carbon emissions costs had made it uneconomic to run.
 
"Fife power station will be loss making this year and is forecast to remain so, particularly when the impact of the very high transmission access charges that apply in Scotland are taken into account," the company said in a statement. Around 20 staff at the plant will be affected.
 
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