The Informer

SSE has announced plans to shut down one of the four generating units at its Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired power station at Warrington in Cheshire.

The closure will take the station’s capacity down from 1.9GW to 1.5GW.

As the plant only has permission to feed 1.4GW into the grid, SSE said the decision will have a “negligible” impact on the network.

The three other units at the station hold capacity mechanism contracts.

SSE said: “The UK Government has committed to phasing out coal power stations by 2025 and it is well known that the economics of coal are challenged. SSE will continue to review the long-term future for the station.”

Fiddler’s Ferry is SSE’s last coal-fired power station.

Backing for new mine

But the news came as councillors in Cumbria announced backing for a new deep coal mine, the first to be approved in the UK more than 30 years.

The Woodhouse Colliery project near Whitehaven will extract coking coal along the coastline between Whitehaven and St Bees in Copeland, with hopes of extracting 2.5 million tonnes of coal each year.

The coal will be processed in the area and supplied to steel-making plants around the UK and Europe.

> See SSE's statement