66750 Bristol Panel Signalbox with Cottam Power Station to the r

Power station decline continues as Cottam faces closure

EDF Energy has announced it will stop electricity generation at Cottam Power Station, in Nottinghamshire, on September 30, writes Chris Booth

The coal-fired 2,000MW facility is one of two EDF power stations in North Nottinghamshire, and although West Burton ‘A’ will remain open, the company says Cottam will not be ‘economically viable’ beyond the end of September. 

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With Cottam Power Station in the background, GB Railfreight’s No. 66750 Bristol Panel Signalbox approaches West Brecks crossing on the former GCR Torksey route with the 16.26 Cottam-Tonbridge gypsum train on October 27, 2017. The payload is a by-product of the Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) process used to reduce harmful emissions at many coal-fired power stations. CHRIS BOOTH 

The decision is blamed on ‘challenging market conditions’ and the drive to decarbonise electricity generation in the UK. 

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