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Eggborough - No Immediate Risk To Jobs


7:56am 20th December 2013

There's no immediate risk to the 800 jobs at Eggborough power plant.

Adam Booth a director at the plant said yesterday: "Nothing from today will result in any job losses." He added that he couldn't comment on any longer term picture at this time.

The government announced yesterday that Eggborough had missed out on funding to convert the coal fired power station to biomass. The project, which was due to start on 6th January, has now been suspended, which Eggborough says puts millions of pounds of investment at risk.

The first parts of the power station could close in September, which a unit which supplies 1% of the UK's electricity being shut down. The whole of Eggborough Power Station could stop producing electricity by 2015.

Minster FM spoke to these people in the town, who say they are worried.

A crisis meeting took place yesterday between Selby MP Nigel Adams, Eggborough Power Station bosses and the government. Mr Adams says there could be power cuts if the plant closes and hopes the government will change it's mind.


Chief Executive of Eggborough Power Station Neil O’Hara said yesterday: Unless a viable solution is found with Government, the most likely outcome now is that Eggborough will no longer be supplying electricity to the grid beyond 2015. Impending EU regulation and the escalating impact of the carbon price floor mean this is unfortunately the rational economic conclusion based on the information we have available at this time.”

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