24/04/2019

'No Job Losses' As NI Power Stations Sold To Czech Firm

Alliance Party representatives in east Antrim are seeking a meeting with the new owners of Kilroot and Ballylumford power stations, following announcement that a Czech company will purchase the plants.

The deal by EPH is expected to be complete at the end of May, with no job losses predicted. It follows a period of restructuring announced by current owners AES last year.

The Alliance Party said it plans to help ensure a smooth transfer of ownership.
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"First and foremost, I have spoken to AES and been assured there will be no job losses at the plants in relation to this takeover," said Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson.

"In the wake of this news, we have sought a meeting with EPH to help ensure there is a smooth crossover and to discuss their plans for the sites. It is vital workers are kept completely informed about what precisely is happening there."

"We will also seek meetings with trade unions in relation to this news," added Alliance Carrick Castle representative Lauren Gray.

"There is a skilled workforce employed across both plants, with Ballylumford and Kilroot playing a major role in the local economy. It is essential we do all we can to assist workers there."



(JG/CM)

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