SNP MPs call on British Energy Minister to keep Peterhead power station open

SNP MPs from the North East have written to the British government energy minister Greg Clark  to express ‘deep concern’ about the future of Peterhead power station.

The plant is presently ‘under review’ by Perth-based utility SSE after the power station failed to win any stand-by generation contracts in the recent Capacity Market auction.

Dr Eilidh Whiteford – whose constituency is the location of the facility and Callum McCaig – the SNP’s Business and Energy spokesperson at Westminster, said in a joint letter that any possible threat to the future of the station is in part due to the UK government’s delay and dithering and then eventual decision to abandon the long waited and promised Carbon Capture and Storage programme for the power station – in a very damaging u-turn.   
The retention of the power station would not only be vital to keep the jobs and skills in the area – but enhance Scotland’s energy security.
Dr. Whiteford commented: ‘’We want an assurance from Greg Clark that there is a commitment to address Peterhead’s future. This is of real concern to the workforce and the communities but also the knock on to the supply chain.

“It would be a damaging and retrograde step when energy generation has such enormous potential for Scotland. The Business Secretary has to look at safeguarding Peterhead’s future.’’ 

Callum McCaig, MP
Callum McCaig, MP

Callum McCaig MP, added: ‘’The UK government has a shameful track record on energy policy and any threat to Peterhead would just be the latest in a long list.

“We know – from a shocking leak last week – that the Tories regard the oil and gas industries as a low priority and we know that they have harmed the prospect of renewables with their hostile  and unhelpful decisions on that too.

“Our letter to Greg Clark is to get some common sense thinking into the Business and Energy Department – which is clearly lacking at the moment as their energy policy is confused and damaging.’’

See also:

SSE ‘review’ power station’s future after Peterhead misses out in UK capacity market auction


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