SSE Closes its Last Coal Burning Generator

By Gary Cutlack on at

The bit of Warrington you see from the train may soon be up for demolition, as the town's Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power station is to be closed by the end of next March.

Up to 158 jobs may be on the line, with SSE saying that site's earning capacity has "deteriorated to unsustainable levels" and it is in fact operating at a loss. And with coal on the way out, that's unlikely to change. Some workers may be redeployed polishing turbine blades and getting bird poo off solar panels elsewhere, with others staying on to handle the decommissioning process – although some redundancies are inevitable.

SSE's Stephen Wheeler said: "Financially, the station is making significant losses and our projections show that this will continue to be the case as the UK looks to phase out coal-fired generation by 2025 at latest. At nearly 50 years old, the station is unable to compete with more efficient and modern gas and renewable generation." [SSE via Sky News]