Coal fired power station closures
This week's news brought news of an earlier than expected closure for most of Fiddler's Ferry Power Station.
Not intended as a definitive list, but to give scope to the downsizing of merry-go-round operations which we have seen over the last 50 years. A transition to gas will reduce railway traffic, and we already hear of modern coal hoppers being sent for scrap, Unfortunately this can only be expected to continue, as more than half of our recent historical coal fuelled capacity will be closed by April.
|Aberthaw||S Glamorgan||RWE||3 @ 520MW||1.6GW||by 2023||Also burning biomass|
|Cottam||Notts||EDF||4@ 500MW||2GW||by 2025|
|Drax||N Yorks||Drax Group||6@ 660MW||4GW||3 units burning biomass|
|Eggborough||N Yorks||Eggborough Power||4@ 500MW||2GW||Mar-16|
|Ferrybridge C||W Yorks||SSE||4@ 500MW||2GW||Mar-16||Latterly only 1 unit|
|Fiddler's Ferry||Cheshire||SSE||4@ 500MW||2GW||Apr-16||Was contracted to 2019, 1 unit to continue derated|
|Longannet||Fife||Scottish Power (Iberdrola)||4@ 600MW||2.4GW||Mar-16|
|Ratcliffe-on-Soar||Notts||E.ON||4@ 500MW||2GW||by 2025|
|West Burton||Lincs||EDF||4@ 500MW||2GW||by 2025|
Of the total of 19.5GW nominally available, going into winter 2015-16, 8.9GW will close by April - 46%. That equates to about 20% of typical UK demand, which can be monitored here.
As I write this on a Sunday afternoon, with comfortable temperature for February, coal is providing 5.4GW into the National Grid, this has however peaked at 14 to 15GW during the recent coal snap - and we will only have 10GW nominal total capacity next year.
With the announced closure of much of Fiddler's Ferry, and that at Longannet, the future of Hunterston deep water facility again appears challenging. Originally constructed as an importation location for iron ore for Ravenscraig, this has dispatched coal to both Longannet, Fiddler's Ferry and Drax, the latter generating 2 trains a day in each direction over the Settle & Carlisle route. Fiddlers's Ferry also has gypsum traffic from Newbiggin on the S&C.
FT article 7th February
New Class 66s - the last of the line.
Given the above item, I suspect that more Class 66 may be exported within Europe, as some operators may have excess capacity.