Credit: EDF Energy

Power generation will cease at the EDF plant in Cottam at the end of September, the company announced this afternoon.

The plant near Retford in north Nottinghamshire employs 158 people and has been open for 50 years, but ‘challenging market conditions’ and ‘the drive to decarbonise electricity generation’ means it will no longer be commercially viable to keep the station in operation.

Although only designed to be in operation for 30 years, EDF praised the hard work of its staff which has allowed the plant to remain in operation for a further two decades.

Whilst the closure does put jobs at risk, the company is keen to secure new roles for its staff.

The Cottam plant. Image courtesy of EDF Energy

“We have a highly skilled and experienced workforce and we’re determined to support our people throughout this process. Today 158 people working at Cottam are in scope. During 2017 we supported 19 people to move into alternative roles within EDF Energy, and an additional 22 will be transferring into alternative roles over the coming months.

“We are conscious of the need to support a just transition to a low carbon energy system. Our ambition is to close the station safely and responsibly by managing people and the environment properly and continuing to be a good neighbour.” EDF said in a statement today.

The plant will close on September 30.

EDF Energy, a subsidiary of French energy giant EDF, also operates the West Burton A power station and has confirmed it will honour its agreements to keep this plant in operation until September 2021.

Both plants are capable of producing 2000MW, which is power for around 7.5million homes.

The company also operates the West Burton B CCGT, EDF Energy’s only gas fired power station, able to produce 1332MW.

For more information follow the link below to the EDF website: https://bit.ly/2GbVrjT