Fears for power sta­tion’s fu­ture prompt meet­ing

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS -

A north-east MP is meet­ing en­ergy bosses to­day to dis­cuss the fu­ture of Peter­head Power Sta­tion.

Eilidh White­ford, SNP mem­ber for Banff and Buchan, is speak­ing to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Na­tional Grid and Ofgem.

It comes af­ter Mrs White­ford and fel­low SNP MP Cal­lum McCaig re­ceived a re­sponse from UK En­ergy and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Jesse Nor­man to con­cerns about the power sta­tion’s fu­ture. In his let­ter, Mr Nor­man said market con­di­tions made op­er­at­ing the plant “very chal­leng­ing”.

Un­cer­tainty has dogged the 35-year-old power plant since the UK Gov­ern­ment con­tro­ver­sially scrapped a £1bil­lion plan that could have seen it used for a ground­break­ing car­bon cap­ture and stor­age project cre­at­ing hun­dreds of jobs.

Al­though the gas sta­tion is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing more than 1,000 megawatts of elec­tric­ity, owner SSE is mulling over op­tions af­ter the site failed to win busi­ness in three auc­tions for sup­plies of emer­gency elec­tric­ity to the Na­tional Grid.

SSE had said its re­mote lo­ca­tion means it is at a “dis­ad­van­tage” be­cause it pays higher costs to trans­mit en­ergy to the grid.

“The dis­pro­por­tion­ate charges im­posed on Peter­head Power Sta­tion in com­par­i­son to other lo­ca­tions across the UK cre­ate un­cer­tainty for the fu­ture of this site and the 90 per­son­nel em­ployed there,” Mrs White­ford said yes­ter­day.

She added: “The cur­rent trans­mis­sion charge regime puts Peter­head at a big dis­ad­van­tage.

“I will be meet­ing with both Ofgem and the Na­tional Grid to­day to dis­cuss the very real con­cerns over the fu­ture of Peter­head Power Sta­tion.”

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