Belfast Telegraph

Hundreds of Northern Ireland jobs at risk amid plans to close Kilroot power station

By John Mulgrew

Around 400 jobs are at risk as it's been revealed one of Northern Ireland’s main power plants and part of a second are set to close this year.

Kilroot, owned and run by AES, will shut later this year, after it was not selected by the System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI) for major electricity contracts here.

And the Ballylumford station will also shut down one of its main generation units on December 31.

AES boss, Ian Luney, said he was disappointed with the decision, and as a result, both stations cannot continue to “cover their fixed costs”.

Kilroot, based outside Carrickfergus, could shut when the new all-island Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) begins on May 23.

Around 270 staff and a further 120 full-time contractors are at risk of losing their jobs.

“We’re working to address the uncertainty this decision has brought to their employment as we begin a full statutory consultation process,” Mr Luney said.

“In parallel, we are working to minimise the substantial impact for our suppliers, offtakers and other key stakeholders.”

And Mr Luney warned that closure of the stations “could contribute to a significant risk to the security and stability of supply in Northern Ireland”.

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