Rugeley coal power plant to close by end of next month

Rugeley coal power plant in Staffordshire will close by the end of June this year because of worsening conditions for coal generation, operator Engie said on Friday.

General view of Rugeley Power Station and the sunset over Etching Hill, Staffordshire Credit: Edward Smith / EMPICS Entertainment

The 1 gigawatt plant in the West Midlands county of Staffordshire is jointly owned by French power and gas group Engie and Mitsui & Co and can provide enough electricity to power a million homes.

The company has ruled out compulsory redundancies before the end of June.

Engie is planning a staged reduction in the number of employees on site in line with its decommissioning plan.

– Statement from Engie

British power company SSE will keep open its Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power station near Manchester until at least March 31, 2017, having previously said it was likely to close this year.