ENGIE is today announcing that its 1,000 MW Rugeley Power Station in Staffordshire is expected to cease market operations in early summer 2016 due to the deterioration in market conditions for UK coal-fired power generation.
This closure will potentially lead to the loss of 150 jobs, subject to the outcome of an employee consultation exercise, and any further discussions with government bodies. During the consultation period, ENGIE will seek to identify redeployment opportunities elsewhere across the business, in line with the Group’s ongoing commitment to employees. A number of ongoing roles are expected to be required to support decommissioning and redevelopment of the site.
Unfortunately market conditions for UK coal plant have deteriorated rapidly in recent years, as a result of a continued fall in power prices on the back of commodity market decline, and increases in carbon costs. Under such conditions,...
In October, Rugeley Power Station emitted materials from the station during a period of start-up following a return to service after upgrade works. In some instances traces of these materials have been evident on local resident’s cars, which were in close proximity to the power station.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to local residents and if you consider that you have been affected please contact Rugeley Power Station on 01889 572 100.
Should a specialist vehicle clean be required then we shall be routing these through our appointed technical partner called DAB. DAB are automotive industry researched and appointed. Through DAB members of the public will not be required to make any payment at any time and DAB will most likely be offered a complimentary transfer service to and from locations in Rugeley.
The Station is pleased to announce a new project for local schools. “Trees for Schools” aims to encourage schools to plant trees in their grounds. In years to come these trees will become a focus for outdoor learning as well as providing a haven for wildlife.
If you would like to know how your school can get involved please contact Katie Busfield at the Station on 01889 572100/07989 492768 or check out the Staffordshire Forest School Cluster Group website at www.stafffordshireforestschools.org for more information and a simple application form.
The closing date for applications is the 10th December 2015.
This free programme is made possible thanks to an award from Engie who own and operate the Station.
There was a temporary loss of power supply from Rugeley Power Station at 19.45 on Friday 5th July 2013. This was caused by a fault on the high voltage grid system at a nearby substation, operated by National Grid, which triggered our automatic shutdown procedures. The power supply in the local area was out for around 8 minutes whilst alternative supplies were switched in by National Grid. The power station was returned to full service as quickly as possible. We will be conducting a full investigation into this incident with National Grid, who operate the high voltage grid system.
An innovative energy trail which will teach youngsters about eco-friendly ways
of generating power was launched in July at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s
Headquarters HQ, the Wolseley Centre.
The trail, in the grounds of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Wolseley Bridge visitor
centre, is made up of a number of features including a small wind turbine, solar panels
and a water wheel, which will be used to demonstrate sustainable energy to visiting
The project is the result of a partnership between the Trust and Rugeley Power
Station, who secured £15,000 towards the installation of the trail from International
Power’s Flagship Award.
A big thank you to the following schools who sent pupils to celebrate the launch:
Redbrook Hayes Primary and Churchfields Primary from Rugeley, The Croft Primary
in Armitage, Highfields Primary in Burntwood and St.Filumena’s from Caversawall.
This summer’s Nature Explorers play scheme once again proved to be another tremendous success for local school children. Twenty four signed up for the weeks activities which included trail laying, make wind flags, designing and racing mini rafts, games, shelter building, pond dipping, tree climbing and trying their hand in the coracles at Beaudesert Scout Camp.
The scheme, which was based at the Forestry Commission’s Forest Centre, would not have been possible this year without the support of three volunteers Lizzie Baxter, Hannah Galimore and Ben Leich. Their enthusiasm and ability to get stuck into all activities was fantastic. Thanks also to Dave Coles, engineer at Rugeley who volunteered on the Friday.
Georgia who has attended the scheme for 4 successive years said of the week , “Thank you to all the staff that helped Katie and a big thank you to Katie—I enjoyed every minute of it!
If you know anybody who is interested in working with children...