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Ferrybridge C power plant officially closes

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Following 50 years of electricity generation, SSE’s Ferrybridge C power plant officially closes on 31 March.

SSE has been operating the plant since 2004, and at its peak could meet the needs of 2 million people from its four 500 MW units.

In May 2015, SSE made the decision to close the West Yorkshire plant, due to a number of factors; not least the significant losses the plant was forecast to incur in the coming years.

Desynchronisation of Ferrybridge C commenced on 23 March and the plant is now set to close on 31 March, where it will begin a decommissioning phase – which many of the staff are staying on to assist with.

Mick Gee, Ferrybridge C’s Station Manager, paid tribute to the people of the station and their 50 year contribution to the energy industry.

He said: “In the eight years I’ve been Station Manager here I’m proud to have worked with some amazing people. I want to acknowledge the contribution from all those who’ve been part of the ‘Ferrybridge family,’ past and present. It’s always been a special place to work where people help each other without asking.”

“I also want to thank the local community for their support over the years. Ferrybridge’s cooling towers have been a distinctive landmark for half a century but people have always valued our contribution to the local economy and our role as a responsible neighbour. We’re very proud of that too,” continued Gee.

Paul Smith, SSE Managing Director, Generation, added: “It was with a heavy heart that we announced our plans to close Ferrybridge last year. But today is all about recognising and thanking those who have played their part over the years in Ferrybridge’s wonderful history and immense contribution to powering the nation. SSE is very proud of them and they should be too.”

The West Yorkshire plant began generating electricity on 27 February 1966. It has since produced an estimated 462 TWh of electricity in its lifetime – enough to power the entire nation of France for a whole year.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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