Aberdeen power station

Speaking to representatives of the National Grid and Ofgem.

Eilidh Whiteford, SNP member for Banff and Buchan, is speaking to representatives of the National Grid and Ofgem.

Uncertainty has dogged the 35-year-old power plant since the UK Government controversially scrapped a £1billion plan that could have seen it used for a groundbreaking carbon capture and storage project creating hundreds of jobs.

Although the gas station is capable of producing more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity, owner SSE is mulling options after the site failed to win business in three auctions for supplies of emergency electricity to the National Grid. SSE had said its remote location means it is at a “disadvantage” because it pays higher costs to transmit energy to the grid, despite gas coming onshore at nearby St Fergus. “The disproportionate charges imposed on Peterhead Power Station in comparison to other locations across the UK create uncertainty for the future of this site and the 90 personnel employed there,” Mrs Whiteford said yesterday.

She added: “The current transmission charge regime puts Peterhead at a big disadvantage, even though gas comes ashore just a few miles away. “I will be meeting with both Ofgem and the National Grid to discuss the very real concerns over the future of Peterhead Power Station.” Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson added: “We simply cannot allow for the growing disparity surrounding transmission charges to continue.”

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