Up to 50 jobs to be axed at power station

3rd December 2010'Ice on the Cooling towers at Ferrybridge Power Station today.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
3rd December 2010'Ice on the Cooling towers at Ferrybridge Power Station today.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

Up to 50 full-time staff face the axe under plans to close two units at Ferrybridge Power Station.

Operator SSE has undertook a review of its thermal generation operations and announced that it would close two of its four coal-fired generation units by the end of 2015 at the latest.

But the review said that the two units are expected to close before the end of the 2013/2014 financial year once their 20,000 operational hours have been used up.

The statement said: “This change has been expected for some time and discussions have already begun with employees and their representatives.”

But SSE said that, a new multi-fuel generation plant, which is being built at the Ferrybridge site, would create around 50 new jobs. It is expected to begin operating in early 2015 and staff could be moved across.

Paul Smith, managing director for generation at SSE, said: “These decisions have not been easy ones to take.

“I am therefore pleased that we will be able to retain many of the staff affected by these changes through redeployment to other roles and that any job losses will be significantly reduced as a result.”