The Informer

SSE has unveiled plans to close its Fiddlers Ferry coal-fired power station in Cheshire.

The closure of the station’s first unit was announced in March, with its owner now proposing to close the remaining unit in March 2020.

Fiddlers Ferry is SSE’s final coal-fired power station.

The company employs 158 workers at the site and said it wants to avoid compulsory redundancies, instead offering enhanced voluntary redundancy terms or alternative jobs within the group or decommissioning the station.

‘Coal can’t compete’

SSE said: “Fiddler’s Ferry has had limited success in the UK Government’s Capacity Market auctions and its current contract will end in September 2019."

“Its financial performance has deteriorated to unsustainable levels, with losses around £40 million in SSE’s last financial year and projections for further losses in future years."

“At nearly 50 years old, the station is unable to compete with more efficient and modern gas and renewable generation.”

> See SSE's statement