EDF Energy has confirmed it will close the 2GW Cottam coal plant at the end of September, blaming “challenging market conditions” and the country’s decarbonisation drive.

The French energy giant announced today that the facility, which has been producing power for more than 50 years, will close after it was deemed to be no longer economically viable.

Cottam will be the latest coal power station to close since the closure of the 2GW Eggborough coal fired plant in Yorkshire in September last year, a decision which was taken by the plant’s owners after it failed to land a T-1 Capacity Market contract seven months prior.

“When the power station was built it was designed to operate for 30 years… There has been an aspiration to move away from coal for a long time now and we have prepared thoroughly for the closure,” Andy Powell, Cottam plant manager for EDF, said.

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