Iain McBride has the latest from Kingsnorth Power Station, where news about the closure has stunned local people. Iain talks to the company and local people affected by the closure. He also looks back at Kingsnorth's troubled history. More shortly on this developing story.
E.ON have issued a statement, following news that the Kingsnorth Power Station will close next year. Scott Somerville from E.ON spoke to Meridian.
The GMB union has issued the below statement in response to the news that the Kingsnorth Power Plant is to close;
– Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Lead Officer for Engineering Construction
The news of Kingsnorth Power station is closing nearly two years early, and before new capacity is developed, is absolutely devastating news to the local community who depend on the station for local employment and also the supply train will be severely hit.
The Kingsnorth Power Station has always been controversial as e.on had wanted to install two coal fired power stations on the site. These plans have now been abandoned as the company looks to shut down the site with the possible loss of 123 jobs. This report from 2008 explains campaigners concerns.
123 staff who are based at the Kingsnorth Power Station in Kent are at risk of losing their jobs. e.on has announced the site will close in 2013. Workers and local councillors had hoped the site would remain open until 2015.
– e.on Spokesperson
We’ve been working with staff for a long time regarding this issue and will look to retain their skills in the company where possible, we’ll also obviously continue to support them whichever option they choose.
Energy company e.on has announced that the Kingsnorth Power Station in Kent is to close with the loss of a significant number of jobs. The company is also withdrawing it's applications for two coal fired power stations on the site.
– Dr. Tony Cocker, CEO of e.on UK
"Our announcement does not rule out future power generation on the site, which remains an excellent location for a new plant given its proximity to demand in the south-east, but the original plans are no longer appropriate.