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Selby's MP Meets David Cameron in Fight to Save Eggborough Jobs


3:21pm 13th June 2014

Selby and Ainsty MP, Nigel Adams has today held talks in Downing Street with the Prime Minister over his concerns for the future of Eggborough Power Station in his constituency.

David Cameron made good on his promise to meet and try to find a way forward for the plant following Nigel’s challenge to the PM at a recent Prime Minister’s Question Time session.

Eggborough faces an uncertain future following the Department of Energy’s decision not to include it on an early list of projects that would receive subsidy for providing renewable energy. Eggborough’s plans are to convert from being a solely coal fired station to a low carbon renewable plant burning sustainable biomass rather than fossil fuels.

Nigel Adams said:

“I am very grateful to the Prime Minister for agreeing to my request for a meeting and I was encouraged that he was very knowledgeable on the challenge facing Eggborough. Like me, he’s concerned about the potential job losses and investment but also the security of the country’s energy supply, which if Eggborough was to close, would wipe out almost 4% of the country’s electricity supply”

There will be further subsidy contracts announced in the next few months and both Nigel Adams and his parliamentary neighbour, Andrew Percy, the MP for Brigg and Goole are very keen to ensure that both Eggborough and Drax Power Station, which has one of it’s six units already converted to biomass, are included in the list of future projects.

The Prime Minister also committed his team to meet again with Nigel Adams MP and Eggborough management to find a way forward for the station whilst acknowledging that any government subsidy committed has to be awarded on the basis of value for money for the taxpayer.

Nigel added “With the economy now recovering from the economic mess left by Labour and companies creating jobs across all sectors, it’s clear that our long-term economic plan is working, but it is essential that large employers like Eggborough and Drax also get the support to help protect and create the thousands of jobs dependent on the power generating industry in our part of North Yorkshire”

Brigg and Goole MP, Andrew Percy said: “ The Prime Minister really gets the issue around Eggborough and I am encouraged by his commitment to try to find a solution for what is such an important employer locally.”

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