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SSE to close one of its units at Fiddler’s Ferry power plant

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SSE has announced that its Plc Board has agreed to it closing Unit 1 (485 MW) at Fiddler’s Ferry.

Whilst the unit takes the capacity at the plant from 1995 MW to 1510 MW, given that at present Fiddler’s Ferry has Transmission Entry Capacity (the right to export power onto the transmission system) of only 1455 MW, the impact on the system is negligible. Its remaining three units all have capacity mechanism contracts and will continue to operate as normal.

Fiddler’s Ferry power plant is located in Warrington (Cheshire). It is a wholly-owned coal-fired power plant.

The UK Government has committed to phasing out coal power plants 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 plant.

SSE’s Board has decided to close one of its four coal units at Fiddler’s Ferry power plant in Cheshire (UK).

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