THE curtain came down on 57 years of electricity generation at Tilbury on Tuesday when an emotional station manager was moved to the brink of tears as the final switch was thrown.
Tilbury ‘A’ station was commissioned in 1956 by the CEGB. It was mothballed in 1981 and eventually part demolished in 1999. Its sister site,Tilbury B Power Station has fed the national grid since it began operation in 1967.
The coal-fired ‘B’ station was scheduled to close under orders from the European Union, but its life looked set to be prolonged when operators RWE took the decision to switch from coal to biomass
That conversion was completed on a trial basis last year but though the plant has run successfully since, the plans failed to win the support of the Government, who refused to grant subsidies which meant RWE declared the scheme unviable – resulting in the end of generation on Tuesday. The plant will close completely in October, completing the loss of 220 jobs.