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Barking Power Station in east London to close within two years

July 2014: News that Barking Power Station’s owners have begun “negotiations over the facility’s closure due to poor market conditions…The proposal to close the power station and embark on these consultations is taken in the context of the current adverse market conditions for gas-fired power generation,” the facility’s owner Barking Power Ltd  said in a statement on Tuesday. If implemented, the full closure of the station is expected to be completed within two years”.

Despite concerns over falling levels of electricity system supply margins (see latest Ofgem Electricity Capacity Assessment report here), due in part to the closure of coal-fired power stations, the news report states that “because gas prices have been high relative to wholesale electricity, which power generators sell into the grid, aging power stations such as Barking with relatively low efficiency grades struggle to make a profit.” An earlier news report highlighted how part of the plant had been previously mothballed in 2013.

Barking Power Station was completed in 1995 and has a capacity of 1,000 megawatt (MW), enough to supply over half a million homes with electricity. Further information on the power plant can be read in its Wikipedia entry, a profile by the plant’s operator, and – going back a bit further – details of the original coal power station that was opened on the site in 1925!

Barking Power Station was to be lie at the heart of a major Mayoral district heat system in east London – the London Thames Gateway Heat Network. The project was however suspended in 2012.

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Green light for new Essex power station

4 August 2011Energy Minister Charles Hendry has given the go-ahead today for InterGen’s proposals to construct a new 900MW gas power plant at the London Gateway Logistics Park, Coryton, Essex. The plans are for a new £600 million power station comprising of up to two CCGT generating units, each around 450MW in capacity. Further information on the scheme is available on the Gateway Energy Centre website .

No mention is made in the Government’s press release about any requirements for the power station to operate in higher efficiency CHP-mode. As part of Intergen’s 2010 planning submission to the Government a CHP assessment was undertaken which stated that responses from nearby organisations to take heat from the power station “have been encouraging. For example, there is the potential to supply the London Gateway Development with heat in the form of hot water or steam for heating or refrigeration purposes. The project also has the potential to provide heat to organisations in the area such as the Petroplus owned Coryton Oil Refinery, the Ford Motor Company at Dunton and Basildon Hospital.”
The assessment continues that the “Gateway Energy Centre (GEC) will hold further discussions with local organisations, including government agencies, with the aim of establishing further interest e.g. in a community heating scheme. If achieved, the result of this would be to improve overall plant efficiency whilst also reducing energy consumption by the users of the heat. The design of GEC will incorporate features which, with suitable modifications, will allow for export of heat in the event that suitable users are identified.”

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