Scottish minister confirms jobs at Peterhead Power Station still safe

A Scottish minister has confirmed no jobs are at risk of redundancy at a power station in Aberdeenshire.

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse made the statement following a question by Stewart Stevenson about the future of Peterhead Power Station as operator SSE reviewed its future options.

However, it is not clear how long the jobs will be protected at the site.

Figures have shown growing disparities in the costs of generation charges.

Peterhead faces paying an estimated £19.60 per kilowatt compared to a gas-fired power station in Kent, which would pay only £1.75.

Mr Wheelhouse, Scottish Minister for Business, Energy and Innovation, said: “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.”

Mr Stevenson MSP said: “Peterhead has already been grossly disadvantaged by the Capacity Market Auction.

“The facility also lost out on funding from the Tories but I am glad that as this review is completed, jobs will not be at risk.

“It is imperative we continue to look for opportunities for Peterhead Power Station that boost the site and the regional economy.”