Kilroot power station in County Antrim is facing closure within months with the loss of up to 240 jobs. A further 30 jobs are under threat at Ballylumford power station. Kilroot failed to win a major generation contract in an auction process to supply the all-island Single Electricity Market (SEM). Reforms to the SEM take effect later this year with a series of new one-year contracts intended to increase competition and lower prices. It is understood that maintenance costs were a significant factor in the Kilroot bid. East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said the effect of the job losses at Kilroot and Ballylumford “cannot be underestimated”.
BBC 26th Jan 2018 read more »