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Cottam Coal Power Station To Close

February 7, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t stewgreen/MrGrimNasty

 

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A coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire is set to close, leaving hundreds of jobs at risk, its owners confirmed.

EDF Energy said the power station in Cottam would shut on 30 September because of "challenging market conditions".

Mike MacDonald, from the union Prospect, said it was a "huge blow to workers" and local people.

With 300 jobs at risk, unions said the news was not a shock but "premature".

Mr MacDonald said: "We had been led to believe the power station would be wound down by 2025, which would have given plenty of time to mitigate the £60m which will be lost from the local economy as a result."

He added that they now need reassurances from the company and government that they will work to minimise the impact of this closure.

A coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire is set to close, leaving hundreds of jobs at risk, its owners confirmed.

EDF Energy said the power station in Cottam would shut on 30 September because of "challenging market conditions".

Mike MacDonald, from the union Prospect, said it was a "huge blow to workers" and local people.

With 300 jobs at risk, unions said the news was not a shock but "premature".

Mr MacDonald said: "We had been led to believe the power station would be wound down by 2025, which would have given plenty of time to mitigate the £60m which will be lost from the local economy as a result."

He added that they now need reassurances from the company and government that they will work to minimise the impact of this closure.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-47160040

 

Cottam failed to secure Capacity Market contracts for next winter or 2021/22, but may be hoping to blackmail the National Grid into awarding them a contract for SBR.

Cottam is rated at 2000MW, so will take a large chunk out of the current 13000MW of coal fired capacity.

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29 Comments
  1. Roy permalink
    February 7, 2019 7:26 pm

    Such a shame on many fronts. I worked for six months at Cottam in the early 80s when the Trent was home to proper power stations.

  2. avro607 permalink
    February 7, 2019 7:56 pm

    We need more coal not less.Asia India and China are building coal power stns by the tuck lpad.They will have their industrial revolution,while May and her comrades in the climate chg committee are determined to destroy our nation,and put us back into the Middle ages,killing off the poor old and cold along the way.
    China laughs at us,but it is not funny,and the politicians do not care at all.
    Sickening and very sad.

    • The Man at the Back permalink
      February 7, 2019 8:15 pm

      Well avro I totally agree with you – I have spent some time pondering whether the vast bulk of western politicians are determined to ruin us – see UK, Dems in the USA, Australia, Canada, and Europe (perhaps excepting those in the east who have too recently observed BS at close range).

      I never believed much in conspiracies, but are they all just useful idiots or are they part of the plan to move to a World Government by ruining us, while they ignore the developing world (rightly) moving in the opposite direction? OR are they both!

      Is it part of UN Agenda 21 – Common Purpose ??

      • Charles Pickles permalink
        February 8, 2019 7:35 am

        Bravo, well said. If people with similar viewpoints would only fully engage their elected representatives over the whole issue of energy supply, as it affects them, and the the way energy policy is being driven may get some serious debate in Parliament. I see this also as part of the imbalances between the rural and ever-increasing urban unrealistic.

  3. February 7, 2019 8:11 pm

    AT the same time that India announces 52 new coal mines opened since 2014 to bring cheap reliable power to the poorest – those households which previously did not have power

  4. Immune to propaganda permalink
    February 7, 2019 8:11 pm

    We are going to become a nation subject to blackouts and power rationing in order to satisfy the hysterical eco socialists. Only the very rich will be able to afford rationed utilities at over £3,000 to £4.000 per annum in the near future as we become the victims of renewables.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle permalink
    February 7, 2019 8:22 pm

    When our socialist Victorian state government forced closure of the 1,600 MW Hazelwood coal fired power station in 2017 our electricity market went nuts. Victoria also suffered rolling blackouts in January as supply failed to meet demand, despite a nearly nationwide grid. Wholesale electricity prices were as high as £7,500/MWh for long periods.

    So the closure of Cottam could well be the instigator of similar chaos in the UK.

    • February 7, 2019 10:34 pm

      Of course, you are right. The only reliable, 24/7, affordable energy is fossil fueled or nuclear. Those who would destroy our society as we presently know it want us back in caves. We probably won’t be hunkering over a wood fire either as the forests will be used up for heat before they can grow back!

  6. MrGrimNasty permalink
    February 7, 2019 9:02 pm

    Meanwhile Sturgeon has signed another ‘climate agreement’ (whatever that is) in the USA, New Jersey this time.

    https://www.thenational.scot/news/17411056.nicola-sturgeon-signs-climate-change-agreement-with-new-jersey/

    It’s just hard to work out how they believe what they say is remotely doable – magic windmills.

  7. February 7, 2019 9:11 pm

    Don’t worry. Claire Perry has it all sorted. After all, she has a geography degree and is a contemporay of the Moonbat.

  8. avro607 permalink
    February 7, 2019 11:19 pm

    To the man at the back,Welcome.
    Yes,it is all about World Govt and AG21.
    If you have not already a good book to read is this:The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science,by Dr Tim Ball,phd.

    • Seeker permalink
      February 8, 2019 7:47 am

      avro607… unfortunately anyone reading this far does not need to read the book; they already understand.
      The problem is getting the message to those who have been conditioned not to go near a climate denier site like this.

    • February 8, 2019 11:01 am

      Avro607, I’ll second that.

      I’ve also read his more up-to-date & less scientific 2016 book:
      Human Caused Global Warming, The Biggest Deception In History.

      In only 121 pages Dr. Tim exposes the whole fraud & names names:
      the bankster Rockefellers & their multi-billionaire cronies George Soros, Maurice Strong & Ted Warner & the faux “scientists”, John Holdren & Paul Ehrlich & many others.

      Mucho recommended.

      http://www.c3headlines.com

      Click on Quotes for the 1%s motivations.
      Many useful graphs, charts & articles also.

      John Doran.

  9. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 8, 2019 1:12 am

    The most recent date for which I have data show Cottam spent much of 31st January with 3 out of 4 units fired up, producing 1.4GW. We’ve been depending on it.

  10. February 8, 2019 8:17 am

    Damn, I thought I had till 2025 to save up for a big generator….. 😉

    I do wonder if this closure is really as imminent as claimed? It was only a few months ago that the financial times and others were reporting that coal was having a resurgence in power generation because gas prices were soaring and a big chunk of our gas storage (Rough) was closed down. I’m pretty sure electricity generated from coal was cheaper than from gas in last qtr 2018 and I recently saw coal hitting 18% of total supply, admittedly on a day when the wind wasn’t blowing (a week or two ago) but it certainly seems premature to be closing it down?

    • February 8, 2019 9:43 am

      The strong renewables bias of the UK electricity generation market makes it increasingly tough for coal power stations to make any worthwhile profit.

    • Dave Ward permalink
      February 8, 2019 10:18 am

      “Damn, I thought I had till 2025 to save up for a big generator….. “

      Didn’t the early Land Rovers have a power take off option? Look for a S/H tractor PTO mounted genny…

      • February 8, 2019 11:45 pm

        Hi Dave, yes all our Land Rovers have PTO mountings on the rear crossmember and the rear PTO output on the gearbox (I have some PTO parts in the workshop too). I’d just need to get the generator.

        However, even though they all have hand throttles fitted to allow the engine revs to be set high while running the PTO, I think I’d prefer a decent diesel generator in the back garden. Land Rover engines suffer from low oil pressure at low revs so extended use with PTO’s leads to premature wear of the bearings. A common problem when these engines were used in London Taxis.

        Also modern generators are quiet, more fuel efficient and include spike/surge protection for electronic devices. While I love the idea of using the LR’s as mobile generators I don’t think my neighbours would appreciate the noise and the local ‘riff raff’ would no doubt drive the vehicle away within minutes of me leaving it running on the drive! 😉

  11. John Hume permalink
    February 8, 2019 9:13 am

    Keep Cottam open – and indeed develop new coal mines, while investing in research into clean coal energy output. UK has a fantastic resource here.

  12. Rowland P permalink
    February 8, 2019 9:59 am

    No mention of the carbon taxes which provide a serious hindrance to profitability.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      February 8, 2019 1:58 pm

      That and favouring windmills first.

  13. jack broughton permalink
    February 8, 2019 12:24 pm

    The Americans have recognized the simple fact that coal is the only storable power source and are protecting their coal fired stations from early closure. Coal is still the lowest cost power (if enviro-nutters could be curtailed). Sadly, they have control of the “corridors of power”, but no understanding of power systems.

  14. Gerry, England permalink
    February 8, 2019 2:04 pm

    That’s only 300 direct jobs. If it is the main source of employment then this is a ripple effect when it goes through all other businesses.

  15. Athelstan permalink
    February 8, 2019 3:52 pm

    madness but the wimin want this – and darkness stalks the nation.

  16. Cubby permalink
    February 8, 2019 5:52 pm

    Can we have a definition of “challenging market conditions”, please? Am I alone in detecting a faint whiff of cattle ordure?

    If I were one of those threatened with job loss I would expect that my union would have a thorough explanation of what the hell is going on!

  17. February 8, 2019 9:35 pm

    EDF says it can’t afford to keep Cottam Power stn open
    2GW coal PS
    “More than 150 jobs could be at risk at a coal -fired power station near Retford that is set to close later this year. ”
    are they bluffing to get capacity auction payments back

  18. February 8, 2019 9:37 pm

    Then a day later the BBC is trying to pretend that the CCS project at Drax actually works
    If it did , then there’d be no need to close coal power plants like Cottam cos they could run at close to zero CO2

    Wind/solar are scared stiff of CCS ever working.

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