Last gasp

2 March 2013

In September 2012, it was announced that Didcot A Power Station would close the following March. The plant had opted out of the EU's Large Combustion Plant Directive, which would have imposed limits on the emissions it could make. As a result, it had to close by the end of 2015, but owners RWE Npower decided to shut it early, and ran it flat out to use up the remaining permitted hours of operation.

Less than three weeks after this photo was taken, on 22 March 2013, the power station closed.

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