High gas prices blamed for UK power plant closure

A 340 MW gas fired electricity generating station in West Norfolk, England is to shut down next month, with plans for a 1000 MW replacement also in doubt.

Owners Centrica said high gas prices have cut profits from low-efficiency plants like King's Lynn which will cease production on 1 April.

"A final decision is dependent upon improved market conditions and clarification of the government's intentions in relation to market reform," a Centrica spokesman said.

Centrica, which owns British Gas, said it was investing in renewable power with a 382 W wind arm off the Norfolk coast in operation and a further 270 W unit under construction.

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