E.ON announces closure of Kingsnorth power station

E.ON has announced that power generation at its Kingsnorth power station will cease in March 2013.

Kingsnorth’s closure is a result of the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive legislation, which requires it to close after generating for 20,000 hours from 1 January 2008 or at the end of 2015, whichever comes first.

The 1,940MW coal-fired power station, originally commissioned in 1970, will have reached the end of its allocated running hours by March next year and will be taken off line.

Alongside the closure of the current Kingsnorth plant, E.ON is withdrawing its application for development consent for two new coal units, which would be fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, at the site.