E.ON to close Ironbridge Power Station

By Erin Voegele | November 24, 2015

E.ON has announced plans to close the Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire, U.K, following 46 years of service. The facility, previously coal-fired, was converted to run on biomass in 2012.

The facility was constructed in 1962. Originally designed to run on coal, the plant was capable of generating up to 1,000 MW from two 500 MW units. In 2012, the facility was converted biomass, with electrical output reduced to 740 MW. Only one of the two units has been operating since a 2014 fire, reducing production capacity to 370 MW.

According to E.ON, the plant was required to close under the EU Large Combustion Plant Directive after generating for 20,000 hours starting Jan. 1, 2008, or by the end of 2015, whichever came first. E.ON indicated it was economically unviable to install emissions abatement equipment to the facility that would allow it to comply with the emissions limits set under the LCPD.

The plant will now undergo decommissioning, a process that is expected to run through early 2017. E.ON said it would provide updates on the future of the Ironbridge site at a later date.