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GMB Warns Of Energy Crisis

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

GMB Warns Of Energy Crisis Following Subsidy Withdrawal From Trafford Gas Plant

This is yet another damning indictment of this government’s failing energy policy says GMB

GMB, the union for workers in the engineering construction sector, has commented on the news that the government has withdrawn a subsidy for Trafford gas plant in Manchester. Energy Firm Carlton Power was awarded the subsidy in 2014 but failed to secure the appropriate funding by the deadline set out by Capacity Market Regulations.

Construction was originally planned to begin this summer with energy generation due to begin in 2018 but Carlton announced in in October 2015 that it would no longer be able to meet that date. Subsidies for the £800 million plant were set to amount to £30 million every year for 15 years.

Phil Whitehurst, GMB national officer for engineering construction, said “The withdrawal of the subsidy for Trafford gas power station is yet another damning indictment of this government’s failing energy policy. Trafford gas plant has so far been the only recipient of the capacity market subsidy and with its cancellation seeming imminent, it’s clear that the government’s hopes to kickstart energy construction have come to nought.

With the expectation that Hinkley Point will not be operational until 2025 the UK’s ability to keep the lights on is now in dire straits. The possibility of power shortages is now a very real one and our current overreliance on renewables isn’t making it any better.

The UK needs a balanced energy mix and, in order to meet our energy needs over the next decade, gas has to be a part of it. Along with renewables, nuclear and oil, gas will be an essential part of maintaining a reliable, balanced energy policy.”


Contact: Phil Whitehurst on 07968 338810 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691


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