UK: Ironbridge old Power Station – 370 MW pellets power – now closed

E.ON’s Ironbridge Power Station to generate electricity for the last time

E.ON has confirmed that Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire will cease commercial generation  and will permanently close following 46 years of service. The construction of Ironbridge Power Station began in 1962 and is located close to where the Industrial Revolution began. The plant was originally designed to run on coal and at full capacity was capable of generating up to 1000MW from two 500MW units. It was later converted to biomass and electrical output was reduced to 740MW. However, only one of the two units has been operational following a fire in 2014 and capacity was further reduced to 370MW.

The iconic plant, which will reach its 20,000 hours limit of generation under the Large Combustion Plant Directive, was officially first synchronised to the grid has played an important role in generating the electricity required to power homes and businesses in the UK ever since.

A small team will now begin the decommissioning phase, which is due to run until early 2017, ensuring the plant is shut down safely and the site is secure. The team will also remove fixtures and equipment from the buildings, including a large mosaic which was designed and created by pupils from St Martins Modern School in 1966. The mosaic, which has been prominently displayed in the plant’s main conference room, will be returned to the school in Oswestry.

Once the decommissioning process is complete, a decision will be made regarding the future of the Ironbridge site and E.ON will provide updates as appropriate.

Tony Cocker, E.ON Chief Executive, said: “I’m hugely proud of the contribution Ironbridge Power Station has made to the UK’s energy infrastructure for almost half a century.

“The closure of such an iconic plant will of course be tinged with sadness having played such an important role in the community – over 400 people worked on site when Ironbridge was at the peak of generation, many from the local area.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the ongoing operations and maintenance at the plant, and our continued focus will be supporting those colleagues who are directly affected by today’s closure.”