National Grid is to offer contracts to three power stations to provide additional reserve during winter 2015/16. The plants are Centrica’s South Humber Bank (40MW) and Barry (227MW) stations, and Corby Power’s Corby station (353MW).
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Units 3 and 4 at SSE’s Ferrybridge ‘C’ coal-fired power station in Yorkshire have returned to service following a fire in July.
Outages at two nuclear stations and fires at two other power stations have prompted National Grid to hold a tender for Supplemental Balancing Reserve supplies for the coming winter.
We are at a “pretty frightening moment” in energy supply: that was the conclusion of Alistair Buchanan, previously chief executive of energy regulator Ofgem and now with consultant KPMG.