Photograph by @simoncroberts. Ferrybridge Power Station, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.
Looming above the residential landscape, the cooling towers of Ferrybridge Power Station are the largest of their kind in Europe. A coal-fired power station, and one of fourteen in the UK before its closure in early 2016, Ferrybridge C employed over 800 people during the height of its operations. It was considered no longer economically viable by its owners to keep the power station open. Its closure on 31 March 2016 removed 3.4GW of capacity—about 4 per cent of the country’s total—and followed the closure in late 2015 of Kellingley Colliery, Britain’s last deep-coal mine, just a few miles down the road. The UK government plans to phase out unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025. However, fears that the country will be unable to maintain secure electricity supplies could spell trouble for coal phase-out plans.
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