Mothballed gas-fired power plant re-opened in UK effort to ensure capacity

The Keadby gas-fired power station in Lincolnshire, England is to be switched on again on November 9th as Britain endeavours to maintain its power capacity as winter approaches.
Keadby gas-fired power plant
SSE will restart its 735 MW plant two years after it was mothballed due to low power prices.

The plant will gradually restart operations and is expected to be fully available by mid-December, the company said.

Employees working at the Keadby site include 21 people who were transferred from SSE's Ferrybridge coal-fired power plant which will close in March 2016, SSE said.

SSE said the station’s return to service will provide an “important contribution to maintaining security of supply this winter”. The company has spent five months bringing the plant back into operation following its “deep mothballing” in March 2013 due to adverse market conditions.

Paul Smith, SSE Managing Director Generation, said: “Today’s news means Government and the National Grid have more capacity with which to power people’s homes this winter. The station has undergone extensive upgrades meaning it can operate with improved flexibility in the market.

“SSE maintains a flexible and diverse fleet of generation assets which we see as the best way of playing our part when it comes to keeping the lights on.”

In order to bring Keadby back into service, SSE has successfully applied to National Grid for Transmission Entry Capacity (TEC).


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