Didcot A could generate 2,000MW of electricity – enough power to meet the needs of some 2 million households. It was originally designed as a coal-fired station, although three of the four 500MW generating units were later converted to dual-firing, enabling the station to use natural gas as an alternative to coal.
Didcot A operated as an opted out station under the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD). This meant that Didcot A could operate for up to 20,000 hours between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2015. The 20,000 hours were used up by March 2013, and the station closed after 43 years of powering the nation.
So now a major supplier of power to the UK is closed and the Transformers are transported to Germany to supply their new or updated Coal fired power stations. And the UK is getting close to the point of no return on energy provision. Unbelievable! Capable of supplying Two million homes 24/7 and we expect to replace that with a minimum of 2,666 wind turbines which only supply when the wind if blowing. And we wonder if our Politicians are brain dead. QED!