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ScotAsh Comments on Longannet Announcement

on Thu, 26/03/2015 - 16:22

ScottishPower this week announced the likely closure of Longannet Power Station by March 2016, due to a set of circumstances that will make the station uneconomic to operate beyond that point.

In common with ScottishPower, ScotAsh is extremely disappointed that Longannet Power Station will, in all likelihood, be forced to close prematurely and we are now focusing our efforts on managing the implications of this week’s announcement for our employees, customers and suppliers.

ScotAsh Chairman, Allan Everett said: “Although up until now we have been largely dependent on Longannet Power Station to supply us with ash for our products, we are already implementing plans to enable us to maintain continuity of supply to our customers.

“We are procuring ash from alternative sources and intend to maximise the use of our storage facilities at Longannnet and Leith, to ensure continuity of supply. We believe this will enable us to continue to meet our customers’ needs for at least the next 12 months”.

Mr Everett added: “We are now assessing the full implications of the likely closure of Longannet Power Station, so that we can manage our business accordingly and develop appropriate plans.

“In a nutshell, we intend to operate our business as usual over the next 12 months and the ScotAsh Board will give careful consideration to our options beyond that.”