Activists occupy EDF’s gas-fired West Burton power station halting operations

No Dash for Gas activists occupy EDF’s gas-fired West Burton power station halting operations

No Dash for Gas climate change activists have breached and halted operations at the UK’s newest gas-fired power station.

Early Monday morning over two dozen activists evaded security at EDF’s West Burton power station, with sixteen climbing and rappelling down into two of its 300 ft. smokestacks.

Of the group that did not scale the massive chimneys, nine have escaped unidentified and five were taken into custody and later released on bail.

Over the course of the last three days the sixteen activists who made their way up the two smokestacks have set up camp on platforms suspended from ropes inside the flues. Taking turns in holding this position above the station’s furnaces has brought construction and generation at the site to a standstill.

On its website, No Dash for Gas said West Burton was targeted because it is one of the first stations in the UK’s recently announced plans to add up to 20 GW of gas-fired power to the grid by 2030.
As of Wednesday morning the stand-off continues, with EDF having confirmed that the station will remain shut down until the activists come down.

The gas-fired West Burton combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station is a £600 million project currently under construction in Nottinghamshire, England.



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