List of remaining coal power plants in the UK
|Aberthaw B||Vale of Glamorgan||Running reduced hours to comply with emissions limits.||1,586 MW||48 Years|
|Found to be emitting illegal levels of air pollution in September 2016 and has been running reduced hours in order to comply with emissions limits.|
|Cottam||Nottinghamshire||Closure announced for 30 September 2019.||2,008 MW||50 Years|
|In February, EDF announced they will be closing Cottam Power Station at the end of September.|
|North Yorkshire||Plans to convert further units to gas.||1,290 MW (coal)
(3,885 MW total)
|Drax has been working on their move away from coal for some time now. 4 of the 6 units have been converted to fire Biomass, the first in 2013 and the most recent in 2018. Plans are in the pipeline to convert the remaining two units to gas as part of a larger expansion project.|
|Fiddlers Ferry||Cheshire||Closure announced for 31 March 2020.||1,961 MW||48 Years|
One unit closed on March 2019, leaving a total capacity of 1,510 MW. In June 2019 SSE announced they will be closing the power station in March next year.
|Kilroot||County Antrim||Planned to close by the end of May 2018. Contract extended by 12 months.||520 MW||38 Years|
|Kilroot and the nearby oil-fired Ballylumford power stations were sold to the Czech firm EPH in April 2019. They have both faced closure over the last few years.|
|Ratcliffe||Nottinghamshire||No plans to close.||2,000 MW||51 Years|
|Ratcliffe is fully compliant with current emissions regulations.|
|West Burton||Nottinghamshire||No plans to close.||2,012 MW||51 Years|
|Has a capacity agreement until September 2021, and owners EDF have confirmed they will operate the plant at least until then.|
You can read more about the UK’s phase-out of coal on Carbon Brief’s Countdown to 2025: Tracking the UK coal phase out
Timeline of closures since LCPD
Issued in October 2001, the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) aimed to reduce carbon emissions throughout Europe. The deadline of 1st January 2008 allowed plants that did not comply with the strict emission limits to opt-out, whereby they could operate for a further 20,000 hours or until 2015 at which point they had to close.
Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) announced
The Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) announced, stating emissions limits that will be imposed on large carbon emitters.
LCPD Start Date
LCPD comes into effect (for plants built before 1987), non compliant plants could opt-out, whereby they could operate for a further 20,000 hours until 2015 at which point they have to close.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 21
Grain Power Station Closed
1,300 MW Grain oil-fired power plant in Kent closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 20
Kingsnorth Power Station Closed
1,940 MW Kingsnorth power plant in Kent closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 19
Cockenzie Power Station Closed
1,152 MW Cockenzie power plant in East Lothian, Scotland closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 18
Didcot A Power Station Closed
1,958 MW Didcot A power plant in Oxfordshire closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 17
Fawley Power Station Closed
2,000 MW Fawley oil-fired power plant in Southampton closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 16
Tilbury B Power Station Closed
1,428 MW Tilbury B power plant in Essex closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 15
Uskmouth B Power Station Closed Pending Biomass Conversion
363 MW Uskmouth B power plant in Newport, Wales closed pending conversion to biomass.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 14
Littlebrook D Power Station Closed
2,055 MW Littlebrook D oil-fired plant in Dartford, Kent closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 13
Last remaining oil-fired power station to close.
Ironbridge B Power Station Closed
The remaining unit of the 1,000 MW Ironbridge B power plant in Shropshire closed.
Remaining coal plants: 12
LCPD Closure Deadline
Closure deadline for all plants opted out of the LCPD.
Industrial Emissions Directive Started
Industrial Emissions Directive became effective, replacing LCPD.
Ferrybridge C Power Station Closed
The remaining two units of the 2,000 MW Ferrybridge C Power Plant in North Yorkshire closed.
Remaining coal plants: 11
Longannet Power Station Closed
2400 MW Longannet power plant in Fife closed. Longannet was Scotland’s largest coal power station.
Remaining coal plants: 10
Rugeley B Power Station Closed
1,000 MW Rugeley B power plant in Staffordshire closed.
Remaining coal plants: 9
Lynemouth Power Station Closed Pending Conversion to Biomass
420 MW Lynemouth power plant in Northumberland biomass stopped using coal and was converted to fire biomass.
Remaining coal plants: 8
Eggborough Power Station Closed
2,000 MW Eggborough power plant in North Yorkshire closed, to be replaced with a gas-fired station.
Remaining coal plants: 7