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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07069: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 9 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made on the implications for jobs and the local economy as a result of Peterhead power station being unable to secure a deal to supply capacity to the UK grid in the recent capacity market auction.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 14 March 2017

SSE has said it will be reviewing future options for Peterhead over the coming months and will engage with all stakeholders. During the review the current operations at the station, and the workforce of 90 personnel will not be affected. We are very mindful of the need to ensure a sustainable future for the plant and all whose livelihoods depend upon it.

Peterhead also has great potential to demonstrate Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and we deeply regret the withdrawal of support for CCS at Peterhead by the UK Government in 2015. Such an investment could provide considerable employment opportunities locally.

Scottish Ministers and officials meet regularly with representatives of SSE. We will work closely with them as they undertake their review and will explore all options for Peterhead to continue to fulfil a valuable role as an employer and an important component of the Scottish and GB electricity system.