Power plant go-ahead
As Longannet closes, Kinneil gets approval
Scottish Ministers have granted consent for the construction and operation of a gas fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant at BP Kinneil Terminal in Grangemouth. It coincides with the closure today of the nearby Longannet coal-fired power station.
Kinneil Terminal neighbours the Grangemouth petrochemical complex and processes 40% of the North Sea oil brought to the site via the Forties pipeline.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said it will provide “welcome long-term security of service to developers of new oil and gas fields, at an otherwise challenging time for the wider oil and gas industry.”
He added: “There is consensus across stakeholders that we must retain critical infrastructure to ensure the long-term viability of the North Sea oil & gas industry.
“There is a long term sustainable future for the North Sea – which will be supported by investments such as these at BP Kinneil Terminal – and we are committed to using every lever at our disposal to support the industry through this challenging time.”
Longannet Power Station will switch-off the last of its four generating units at 3pm today.
David Ross, Fife Council’s Leader, said: “It is very sad that we have now reached the final point of closure of the Longannet Power Station. It has been a fixture in the Kincardine area for many years providing direct and indirect employment across central Scotland and beyond.
“We lobbied for the continued operation of the plant until at least 2020, and I have concerns that the decision to close Longannet prematurely will prove to have been short sighted.
“We have been working with the neighbouring local authorities, Scottish Government, Scottish Power and a range of national and local organisations, through the Longannet Task Force, to mitigate the impact of the closure.
“The Task Force has been working hard to support those workers affected by the closure at the plant and the companies and employees in the wider supply chain, and also to put in place plans to address the longer term regeneration of the local area.
“An Economic Recovery Action Plan has been prepared by the local authorities, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland as a basis for this regeneration.
“Whilst I am disappointed that to date the Scottish Government has not committed any additional funding to implement this action plan, we will keep pressing for the funding that is essential to drive forward the recovery of the communities, businesses and individuals impacted by the closure.”