SSE says Fiddler's Ferry upgrade complete

LONDON Tue Jan 6, 2009 7:06am EST

LONDON Jan 6 (Reuters) - Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE.L) is able to operate its 2,000-megawatt Fiddler's Ferry power station full time after commissioning flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment at the station in December, the company said on Tuesday.

The number of hours the coal-fired power plant in England could generate electricity was limited last year by European environmental regulations, but it can now run whenever needed. "This means there will no longer be any restrictions on the hours the station can run," the company said in a statement.

FGD work at the company's Ferrybridge power station, covering 1,000 MW of the capacity at the plant, is less well advanced, however, and the company has applied to extend its temporary operating permit for the plant until Feb. 7. (Reporting by Daniel Fineren)