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Dickson secures meetings over Kilroot future

February 8, 2018 3:46 PM

Stewart Dickson profile pic 2East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has secured meetings over the future of the Kilroot Power Station.

It follows the news the East Antrim plant faces closure in May after failing to secure contracts in a recent capacity auction. Mr Dickson, along with party colleague Stephen Farry, will meet with trade unions, the utility regulator and the system operator to explore the future prospects for both Kilroot and Ballylumford stations, as well as future employment prospects for both plants.

"There remain many unanswered questions on the security of electricity supply. I welcome the input of wind turbines, however, there are legitimate questions about the security of supply on those days with little wind when only so much power can be generated," said Mr Dickson.

"These meetings are to gain assurances from all the relevant parties they can continue to provide a secure supply of electricity for consumption in Northern Ireland, as well as seeking options for the future employment prospects of employees currently there.

"All of this is predicated on securing the North-South Interconnector on time, so we will also be seeking assurances with regards to that, otherwise the questions of the security of electricity supply in Northern Ireland will return."

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