Power station closure fears

TILBURY Power Station is set to close after it opted out of a 2008 EU directive, meaning it has now reached the end of its life.

The station provides power for around 1.5 million homes and more than half of the UK’s renewable energy, but will be closed in October.

The EU directive came into effect on January 2008, but as the Tilbury station chose to “opt out” it was restricted to operating for a further 20,000 hours.

The station’s owner, RWE, has applied to Thurrock Council to extend the plant’s life until 2027 by creating a new biomass plant on the site, but workers remain concerned about what the future will bring.

One worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We were told the plant is closing at the end of October because it needs money spent on it.

“I have been there since I left college, I’m gutted.”

Nigel Staves, the power station manager, insisted no-one would be made redundant, as workers would be allowed to stay on site and help the firm convert the power station – a process which could take up to a year.

He said: “Closure is an essential part of the future plans for the site, which includes the development of Tilbury Biomass Power Station – a 100 per cent biomass power station that will comply with new plant standards.

“We have submitted planning applications to Thurrock Council and an environmental permit application to the Environment Agency to progress biomass generation from the site.

“The licences and consents are expected to be decided upon within the next six months.

“We are committed to working with our people on their future aspirations.

“Formal consultation will begin on April 1 when people will be able to register interest in roles for the new biomass plant.”

Tilbury Power Station first opened in 1969 and currently employs 220 people.

Thurrock’s Conservative MP, Jackie Doyle-Price, added to the controversy by questioning Energy Minister John Hayes about the closure in Parliament, calling the move “stark raving bonkers”, and was told the decision to convert was a “commercial one”.

Speaking afterwards, she said: “I look forward to it reopening with new permissions, but in the meantime it is crazy that we are spending a fortune on wind farms that no-one wants, when Tilbury is the only significant source of renewable energy in the UK today.”

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8:44am Thu 7 Feb 13

improving road safety says...

Moving with the times, It looks like a bit of scare mongering going on here, if you read between the lines the Tilbury Station manager Mr Nigel Staves has himself stated that no-one would be made redundant and staff would be allowed to stay on site to get the NEW Tilbury Biomass Power station up and running. It is out with the old (coal fired power station and in with the new Biomass eco friendly plant) the only things I see changing when the new Biomass plant gets the licence to operate are staff numbers and staff contracts. I wish Tilbury Power Station a success in moving forwards with the Biomass system and hopefully generating for many more years ahead. I bet present staff morale must be at an all time low, however I think that loyal staff should not have a need to worry, but it gives management an opportunity to get rid of some of the dead wood, pardon the pun.
Moving with the times, It looks like a bit of scare mongering going on here, if you read between the lines the Tilbury Station manager Mr Nigel Staves has himself stated that no-one would be made redundant and staff would be allowed to stay on site to get the NEW Tilbury Biomass Power station up and running. It is out with the old (coal fired power station and in with the new Biomass eco friendly plant) the only things I see changing when the new Biomass plant gets the licence to operate are staff numbers and staff contracts. I wish Tilbury Power Station a success in moving forwards with the Biomass system and hopefully generating for many more years ahead. I bet present staff morale must be at an all time low, however I think that loyal staff should not have a need to worry, but it gives management an opportunity to get rid of some of the dead wood, pardon the pun. improving road safety

8:52am Thu 7 Feb 13

improving road safety says...

I have seen it all before, I am an ex Tilbury Power Station worker, I left in 1993, When I joined Tilbury B there were over 850 staff working at the two Tilbury A & B stations, I see thing are still changing!! Good luck lads.
I have seen it all before, I am an ex Tilbury Power Station worker, I left in 1993, When I joined Tilbury B there were over 850 staff working at the two Tilbury A & B stations, I see thing are still changing!! Good luck lads. improving road safety

10:02am Thu 7 Feb 13

Cvh says...

Another Foregn owned company screws
the British work force what a suprise
well done Tony and Gordon
Another Foregn owned company screws the British work force what a suprise well done Tony and Gordon Cvh

10:34am Thu 7 Feb 13

OckendonPaul says...

How come an un-elected foreign power can tell us what to do with our power station?
How come our power generation is in the hands of foreign companies?
God we're a pathetic country nowadays...
How come an un-elected foreign power can tell us what to do with our power station? How come our power generation is in the hands of foreign companies? God we're a pathetic country nowadays... OckendonPaul

11:30am Thu 7 Feb 13

skinthegoat says...

OckendonPaul wrote:
How come an un-elected foreign power can tell us what to do with our power station?
How come our power generation is in the hands of foreign companies?
God we're a pathetic country nowadays...
It,s 'cos we are not a sovereign nation anymore, Paul. Foreign electricity companies use this country as a cash cow and subsidise the customers in their native country. Same goes for all the essential utilities....EUSSR..
.don't you just love it....

70% of all our legislation comes from Brussels.
[quote][p][bold]OckendonPaul[/bold] wrote: How come an un-elected foreign power can tell us what to do with our power station? How come our power generation is in the hands of foreign companies? God we're a pathetic country nowadays...[/p][/quote]It,s 'cos we are not a sovereign nation anymore, Paul. Foreign electricity companies use this country as a cash cow and subsidise the customers in their native country. Same goes for all the essential utilities....EUSSR.. .don't you just love it.... 70% of all our legislation comes from Brussels. skinthegoat

5:10pm Thu 7 Feb 13

knighs1 says...

Dont blame the owners blame the EU/UK Government for listening to all the Global Warming claptrap! coal fired power stations that provided cheaper Electricity forced to shut down in the UK, while in China they open a new one every two weeks! Also Coal fired stations are still being built in Europe, while the good old UK suffers!

Long live Tilbury Power Station.
Dont blame the owners blame the EU/UK Government for listening to all the Global Warming claptrap! coal fired power stations that provided cheaper Electricity forced to shut down in the UK, while in China they open a new one every two weeks! Also Coal fired stations are still being built in Europe, while the good old UK suffers! Long live Tilbury Power Station. knighs1

5:14pm Thu 7 Feb 13

aberline 88 says...

what will dirtboy lathem talk about to his wife now
what will dirtboy lathem talk about to his wife now aberline 88

9:12pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Bodoftheglen says...

I think you find nearly everything previously owned by our nation that makes money an did make money was sold of to foriegn investors an now ere charged an the money goed else where
I think you find nearly everything previously owned by our nation that makes money an did make money was sold of to foriegn investors an now ere charged an the money goed else where Bodoftheglen

9:15pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Bodoftheglen says...

aberline 88 wrote:
what will dirtboy lathem talk about to his wife now
He will quote the who tour dates an his favourite paul weller lyrics
[quote][p][bold]aberline 88[/bold] wrote: what will dirtboy lathem talk about to his wife now[/p][/quote]He will quote the who tour dates an his favourite paul weller lyrics Bodoftheglen

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