Fawley power plant set to be shut down

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FAWLEY power station will be shut down next year, it was announced yesterday.

Energy firm RWE npower said the closure of the 41-year-old oil-fired power plant will take place at the end of March to help reach the government’s 2015 pollution targets.

The company said the plant, which produces 1,000MW of electricity, is being shut ahead of the 2015 deadline due to ‘current market conditions’.

The 60-strong workforce is being consulted about work in other areas of the company or in the decommissioning stage.

The news came as the firm also announced the closure of Didcot coal power plant.

Volker Beckers, who is chief executive of RWE npower, said: ‘We will be working hard with all our people at these sites throughout the coming months to help identify new opportunities within our business wherever possible.’

The giant site next to Fawley Oil Refinery has powered millions of homes and businesses across Britain since its commissioning in 1971.

Its 650ft-high chimney is a prominent feature on the Hampshire landscape.