SSE cranks up mothballed Keadby gas-fired power station as winter back-up for UK renewable energy

Fossil fuels and renewablesPerth-based SSE is de-mothballing a gas-fired power station in England to help ensure the lights stay on in the UK this winter.

The 734MW Keadby station in Lincolnshire was put into deep storage in March 2015 by SSE in response to ‘adverse market conditions’. It is expected to be fully re-operational from mid-December

The Scottish power generator won a special stand-by contract precisely for these circumstances from DECC in December 2014

The move by SSE reflects both a company – and an electricity supply industry – trend of generators moving from a coal-and-gas portfolio towards one comprised largely of gas-and-renewables.

See also:

Gas and renewables displace coal in UK electricity generation (20 Oct 2015)


National Grid to pay UK generators up to £3,000 per megawatt hour to ensure the lights stay on this winter (18 Oct 2015)


Schneider raises alarm over looming British ‘energy crunch’ this winter (15 Oct 2015)

The news demonstrates SSE’s commitment to the region following the opening earlier this year of the adjacent £98 million Keadby Wind Farm. Its 34 turbines are able to generate up to 68MW of electricity.

The site now employs more than 50 people and SSE has transferred 21 jobs across from its Ferrybridge coal-fired power station, which is closing in March 2016.

Paul Smith, Managing Director, SSE Generation, said: “The Government and the National Grid now have more capacity with which to power people’s homes this winter. The station has undergone extensive upgrades meaning it can operate with improved flexibility in the market.

“We maintain a flexible and diverse fleet of generation assets which we see as the best way of playing our part when it comes to keeping the lights on. It is also good that we’ve been able to bring across some 21 employees from Ferrybridge as we respond to changing market conditions and the challenge of reducing carbon emissions.”

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