Norfolk

Centrica plan to shut King's Lynn energy generation plant

Centrica is considering closing a Norfolk power plant with the potential loss of 35 jobs, the BBC understands.

The energy giant is consulting staff over redundancies at King's Lynn's Saddlebow plant in November.

The company has not confirmed if the plant built 14 years ago will close but is reviewing operations at many of its plants due to the rising cost of gas.

Centrica's operating profits fell 19% in the six months to 30 June, compared to the same period last year.

Plant extension

The company said nowadays it relied less and less on the King's Lynn plant for power.

Sarwjit Sambhi, Centrica's director for power generation, said the station was facing "very challenging" economic conditions and he did not expect that to improve.

The news could also scupper a plant extension scheme granted government permission in 2009.

A company spokesman said Centrica never promised it would go ahead with the extension, despite being given permission, and a final decision was "some way off".

He added that even if it was built it would take six or seven years before it would become operational, meaning staff could not quickly transfer over to the new plant.

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