By Rod Walton, Power Engineering and POWERGEN+ Content Director
EDF Energy will shut its sole remaining coal-fired energy station within the United Kingdom subsequent yr.
The resolution to close down West Burton A in September 2022 can be two years forward of the UK Government’s deadline for retiring coal-fired energy by 2024. West Burton A has been in operation since 1966.
“West Burton A and its loyal workforce have performed a important position offering energy to the UK for 55 years, together with throughout this latest Winter. Since 1966, the station has produced sufficient electrical energy to fulfill the wants of all UK households for greater than four years, a really unbelievable achievement,” Matt Sykes, EDF’s managing director for the technology enterprise, mentioned in an announcement.
“With EDF’s energy technology technique firmly targeted on nuclear and renewables – and on this key yr for UK management on local weather change – we now consider it’s the proper time to offer readability to our staff and all these linked to the positioning,” Sykes added.
Over the subsequent 18 months two of the 4 500-MW coal items will probably be obtainable purely to fulfill capability market commitments, so as to help with safety of provide. The station will transfer into decommissioning by 30 September 2022.
West Burton A was constructed on a abandoned medieval village and was the primary 2,000-MW facility to be constructed within the UK, in response to studies. It was thought-about a vacationer web site for a while after its official opening in 1969,
A mixed cycle fuel turbine energy plant additionally was constructed on the location a West Burton B coal-fired station was deliberate however by no means realized. West Burton CCGT has three 430-MW fuel generators and a warmth restoration steam generator.
EDF Energy is specializing in a number of nuclear tasks within the UK to generate future carbon-free, baseload energy. One of those tasks at present below building is the Hinkley Point C mission.
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