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Eggborough Power

Eggborough Power is a 2000 MW coal-fired plant, that’s enough to power 2 million homes, equivalent to the area of Leeds and Sheffield. Eggborough Power provides profitable and flexible generating capacity in today’s challenging electricity market; our vision is to be the safest coal-fired power station in the UK, providing efficient and available generation when called upon to ensure we remain a sustainable business that adds value in everything we do.

Construction of the power station began in 1962 and it began supplying the National Grid in 1967, although the official opening of the station wasn’t until 18th September 1970. The Station fitted Flue Gas De-sulphurisation (FGD) equipment to two of its units, at a cost of £80m. Full commissioning of this was achieved in 2005, allowing the Station to meet its annual emission limit for sulphur as agreed with the Environment Agency. Also in 2005 a retrofit turbine upgrade was carried out to increase the Station’s efficiency and flexibility by improving part-load and two-shift operation.

During 2007 BOFA (Boosted Over Fire Air) plant was installed at Eggborough in order to reduce emissions of Nitrogen Oxides into the atmosphere. In addition to the power station, Eggborough Power Ltd also manages the Gale Common ash disposal site. The Gale Common site has been in operation since 1968 and accepts pulverised fuel ash (PFA) from Eggborough.

On the 8th February 2016 confirmation was given that Eggborough Power Ltd had signed a Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) Contract with National Grid to provide extra capacity during the winter of 2016/17, covering 775 MW of capacity to be delivered by two of Eggborough’s four Units.

At the beginning of 2017, Eggborough entered a capacity agreement with National Grid, and was ready to provide power namely in the winter of 2017/2018, but failed to qualify for the capacity agreement in period from October 2018 to September 2019. Thus, process of decommissioning has started and is in the final stage currently.