18.08.2015 Another one bites the dust

longannet power station aerial shot

After 46 years of service, Scottish Power's Longannet power station, which is one of the biggest coal-fired power stations in Europe, is set to close in March next year because it has become uneconomic to run. The company also said that it has abandoned its plans to build a gas-fired plant at Cockenzie in Scotland. This move now makes Scotland heavily dependant on one gas-fired power station and two, past their best, nuclear stations. Longannet has become a political hot potato between the SNP and the Government because of the way transmission charges are applied disproportionately between the UK's south and Scotland which is said to be the primary reason for the closure.

Source: Utility Week and the BBC – to read the complete Utility Week article please click here