Kilroot to close - 240 jobs at risk

hollandia

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Kilroot power station faces shutdown with loss of 240 jobs - BBC News

The BBC is reporting that Kilroot power station is to close, having failed to win a new one year generation contract.

Kilroot, near Carrickfergus, is one of Northern Ireland's main power plants and uses relatively old and inefficient coal-fired generation.
Is the failure to upgrade at fault here, given the power station would close in 2024 anyway, as the technology would not meet tighter environmental standards, or is this merely free market forces at work?
 


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Kilroot power station faces shutdown with loss of 240 jobs - BBC News

The BBC is reporting that Kilroot power station is to close, having failed to win a new one year generation contract.



Is the failure to upgrade at fault here, given the power station would close in 2024 anyway, as the technology would not meet tighter environmental standards, or is this merely free market forces at work?
This is from a house of commons select committee report earlier this year, the warning signs were there.

AES, the operator of Kilroot and Ballylumford Power Stations, told us the assumption made in the Generation Capacity Statement—that Kilroot would operate at a reduced 1,500 hours per year with no further incremental environmental investments—would be commercially unsustainable in practice, and that the deficit of supply could be even greater than forecast if Kilroot was forced to cease operating entirely.88 They told us there were three realistic options for Kilroot.89 The first was that it would cease to operate if the market failed to provide the signals necessary to justify further investment. The second option would be for Kilroot to be upgraded, allowing it to meet emissions regulations, and operate until 2023. The third option would be to redevelop both Kilroot and Ballylumford with new lower carbon technologies, providing a longer-term generation capability
 

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This is from a house of commons select committee report earlier this year, the warning signs were there.

AES, the operator of Kilroot and Ballylumford Power Stations, told us the assumption made in the Generation Capacity Statement—that Kilroot would operate at a reduced 1,500 hours per year with no further incremental environmental investments—would be commercially unsustainable in practice, and that the deficit of supply could be even greater than forecast if Kilroot was forced to cease operating entirely.88 They told us there were three realistic options for Kilroot.89 The first was that it would cease to operate if the market failed to provide the signals necessary to justify further investment. The second option would be for Kilroot to be upgraded, allowing it to meet emissions regulations, and operate until 2023. The third option would be to redevelop both Kilroot and Ballylumford with new lower carbon technologies, providing a longer-term generation capability
My understanding of the article is that under the SEM, they weren't able to produce electricity efficiently enough (ergo cheaply enough) and that capacity issues aren't an issue under this scenario for a few years by which time the N-S interconnector will be in place. There's also the Moyle interconnector to consider, which in the event of shortages should see importation of power in the short term.

Coolkeeragh, in Derry, was opened in 2010 and has fairly modern gas CCGT technology. Kilroot is in an area served by the Natural Gas Network - is it not feasible to upgrade/rebuild a more modern plant at this location? Ballylumford is a slightly different kettle of fish in that it is smaller and less accessible.

It's somewhat indicative though of the failure to invest in infrastructure across NI - a sort of make do and mend approach isn't really going to cut it anymore.
 

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The closure of Kilroot power station could have major political implications for Northern Ireland when it comes to Brexit negotiations, a senior DUP figure has warned. Sammy Wilson said the decision to shut the plant – with the loss of over 250 jobs – would increase Dublin’s control over the Province’s electricity supply and “strengthen its hand” on the issue of the Irish border post-Brexit.

Read more at: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/business/kilroot-closure-plays-into-hands-of-dublin-wilson-1-8352513
 


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