RWE announces planned closure date for Littlebrook Power Station

RWE has today announced that the 1,140 MW oil-fired Littlebrook Power Station, Kent, will cease operation at the end of March 2015.

The station was opted out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) in 2008 meaning that it must close in 2015 or after 20,000 hours of operation. The RWE Generation Board has today endorsed the decision to close the station at the end of March 2015. RWE Generation SE is the generation company in the RWE Group. The company pools the generation entities and engineering expertise of RWE Power in Germany, RWE Essent in the Netherlands, and RWE npower in the UK.

Instrumental in helping to power the city of London for many years, construction started on Littlebrook Power Station in 1976. It holds the record for the largest GWh output of any 2000 MW station in the UK within any one year. This record generation was during its operational time as a three unit station in the UK miners’ strike. More recently, the station has played an important role in providing electricity during times of peak demand. However Littlebrook is the last major non gas-fired power station to close in the Greater London area.

Roger Miesen, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Hard Coal, Gas, Biomass, commented, “Today is a sad but not unexpected day. RWE has invested more than £6 billion into new power stations to more than replace the generating capacity of these older stations due to close – but I’d like to pay tribute to this station and the people that have worked here helping to keep the lights on across London for so many years.” 

The three open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) also located on the Littlebrook site, each capable of generating 35 MW, will continue to operate.