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Aerial image of Rugeley Power Station
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Each tower under optimum conditions is capable of cooling 454,000 litres of water per minute by 10°C
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There are appromiately 630 rungs on the ladder to the top of the chimney and it would take around 30 minutes to climb!

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20th May 2016

Rugeley Power Station: Update
In February 2016 ENGIE announced that its 1,000 MW Rugeley Power Station in Staffordshire was expected to cease market operations in early summer 2016. This decision was due to the deterioration in market conditions for UK coal-fired power generation and is in line with ENGIE’s strategy to move towards a less carbon-intensive energy system.

Following consultation with employees and unions, ENGIE is now confirming that Rugeley will cease operations by the end of June 2016.

ENGIE is planning a staged reduction in the number of employees on site in line with its decommissioning plan. There will be no compulsory redundancies before end of June. Outplacement support is being made available to all employees and, where possible, ENGIE continues to identify redeployment opportunities for Rugeley employees elsewhere across the business. Many of the 150 employees have already found new employment opportunities in the area.

Enabling works for decommissioning have commenced and ENGIE expects the full decommissioning of the plant to last up to 9 months with a workforce of approximately 30 people in place through this period. The subsequent demolition phase will take around three years.

ENGIE is in the early stages of exploring a range of redevelopment options for the site and will remain engaged with relevant local stakeholders who will be kept fully updated on progress as these plans are developed over the coming months.

The closure of coal-fired generation capacity in the UK reflects a wider energy transition that is taking place towards a less carbon-intensive and more decentralised energy system. ENGIE remains one of the UK’s largest independent power producers and is a major supplier to commercial and industrial energy and services customers. ENGIE will continue to invest in its energy and services capabilities to support this energy transition as a long-term committed partner for the UK.