270 JOBS AT RISK AS KILROOT POWER STATION FACES CLOSURE AFTER EXCLUSION FROM ALL-ISLAND SUPPLY AUCTION
36% of Northern Ireland’s electrical generating capacity under threat.
A total of 270 jobs are at rise after the Kilroot Power Station, in Belfast, was excluded from the all-island supply auction.
GMB, along with sister unions Unite and Prospect who represent workers in Kilroot and AES Ballylumford, are calling on politicians to intervene and defend jobs in Northern Ireland.
Peter Macklin, GMB Organiser, said:
“Management has confirmed to us that critical generation units at both AES Ballylumford and Kilroot Power Stations have been denied contracts for supply under the All-Island electricity capacity auction.
"This decision will mean that the company cannot cover their fixed costs. “As a result Kilroot Power Station in Carrickfergus now faces closure from the end of May 2018.
"This outcome threatens to make redundant all 150 AES workers onsite as well as the 120 direct, full-time contractors who are employed by local firms.
“Union representatives are calling on local politicians and the UK government to intervene in the decision of the All-Island regulatory authorities and transmission system operators not to award Capacity Market Remuneration (CRM) contracts to the units.
“This decision effectively shuts down 36% of Northern Ireland’s electrical generation capacity.
"It will be a disaster for local jobs and security of supply.
“This announcement will strike at the heart of the Antrim community. In the last three years we have been struck by huge jobs blows at the like of JTI-Gallahers, Michelin, Bombardier, Mivan, Schlumberger and Sensata (Schrader Electronics).
“AES workers produced energy to meet 22% of Northern Ireland’s demand in 2017. In making this decision, the new all-island system operator hasn’t explained from where these missing megawatts will come this coming winter.
"We are at risk of huge uncertainty about the power supply for all Northern Ireland firms and households and we will be ever more dependent on supply from outside this jurisdiction.
“Kilroot power station workers keep the rest of Northern Ireland working by keeping the lights on. Local politicians must protect local power sector jobs and demand that the system operator and the utility regulator guarantee security of electricity supply for Northern Ireland until new generation and the second North-South interconnector is fully-operational in late 2021.”
Contact: Peter Macklin on 07719968525, Denise Walker on 07808101357 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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