Dartford's Littlebrook power station to close in March next year

Littlebrook is set to close.

Littlebrook is set to close.

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Dartford’s storied Littlebrook power station is to close in March next year, it has been announced.

The oil-fired station and its striking chimney will be redundant from March 31, 2015 after nearly 40 years generating electricity for London and the surrounding areas.

The writing has been on the wall for the 1,140 MW facility since 2008 when a piece of European environmental legislation came into force.

The Large Combustion Plant Directive meant all UK power stations which couldn’t meet new emissions limits must close by 2015 at the latest.

Owner RWE has now announced its decision to close Littlebrook in March next year when the station’s 70 employees will have to be moved on.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: "Littlebrook power station is an iconic sight in Dartford and part of our local heritage.

"I’ll always remember when growing up in the town how it helped to defeat Arthur Scargill and the miners’ strike by producing enormous amounts of electricity using oil rather than coal.

"I’m pleased the power station will remain open for the production of energy through gas but this announcement is undoubtedly the end of an era."

Construction started on Littlebrook in 1976 and it holds the record for the largest electricity production output of any 2,000 MW station in the UK within any one year.

This record generation came in the 1980s during periods of exceptional demand to pick up the slack from coal-fired stations affected by the miners’ strike.

RWE says plans have long been in place to accommodate potential job losses, with the hope most of those affected will find jobs elsewhere within the company.

It claims it makes sense to close the facility at the end of winter when demand for energy falls off. Roger Miesen from RWE said: "This is a sad but not unexpected day.

"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 at Littlebrook site, each capable of generating 35 MW, will continue to operate.

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10:53am Thu 8 May 14

Magma1 says...

("I’ll always remember when growing up in the town how it helped to defeat Arthur Scargill and the miners’ strike by producing enormous amounts of electricity using oil rather than coal') Quote.
What a wonderful childhood you must have had (born in 1969). From the age of 13 onwards the iconic chimney reminded you how miners communities where destroyed by the government.
Thanks for reminding me why I won't be voting for you.
("I’ll always remember when growing up in the town how it helped to defeat Arthur Scargill and the miners’ strike by producing enormous amounts of electricity using oil rather than coal') Quote. What a wonderful childhood you must have had (born in 1969). From the age of 13 onwards the iconic chimney reminded you how miners communities where destroyed by the government. Thanks for reminding me why I won't be voting for you. Magma1
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2:21pm Thu 8 May 14

rw4732 says...

I worked at the power station in 1978 when it was being built and could never understand why it was being oil fired at a time when world oil prices were rising and we had lots of coal underneath our own country an estimated 400 years worth, times have now moved on and we should all be looking to replacing these old power stations with new re-newable energy sources, lets hope that this will happen and help reduce our carbon emission further!
I worked at the power station in 1978 when it was being built and could never understand why it was being oil fired at a time when world oil prices were rising and we had lots of coal underneath our own country an estimated 400 years worth, times have now moved on and we should all be looking to replacing these old power stations with new re-newable energy sources, lets hope that this will happen and help reduce our carbon emission further! rw4732
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