March 31 marked the final day of operations at Littlebrook Power Station after more than 75 years of successful operations at the site. The 1,140 MW oil-fired station in Kent was opted out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) in 2008, meaning that it must close in 2015 or after 10,000 hours of operation. Last year, the decision was made to close the station at the end of March 2015 due to current market conditions.
Littlebrook has played a critical role in the UK’s power generation mix since it began operation in 1981. During its lifetime it has generated a total of 43475.699 GWh to power homes and businesses across the UK, and established strong links with the community, contributing millions of pounds to the local economy.
Roger Miesen, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), RWE Generation, commented, “Today is a sad but not unexpected day. I’d like to pay tribute to this station and the people that have worked here helping to keep the lights on across London for so many years.”
Kevin Nix, Head of RWE Generation UK: “I would like to thank all of our staff past and present who have contributed to the success of the station, We are also grateful to the local community for their continuous support during the life of the plant.”
Instrumental in helping to power the city of London for many years, construction started on Littlebrook Power Station in 1976. It holds the record for the largest electricity production output of any 2,000 megawatt station in the UK within any one year. This record generation was during its operational time as a three unit station in the UK miners’ strike. More recently, the station has played an important role in providing electricity during times of peak demand. Littlebrook is the last major non gas-fired power station to close in the Greater London area.
RWE has invested more than £6 billion into new efficient power generation over the past 5 years to replace the older generation of fossil fueled power plants.