EON has decided not to repair and restart a unit at Ironbridge biomass plant in the UK which was damaged by fire.

The fire broke out in the turbine hall of Unit 1 in February and since then EON has been carrying out a detIronbridge power plantailed review of the damage.

It has now concluded that “it is not economically viable to do the repair work” because the unit fell under the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive and was due to close after 20,000 generating hours or by the end of 2015.

Unit 2 at the plant was unaffected by the fire and will continue to operate within the LCPD limitations.

Ironbridge is a former coal plant that has been converted to run on biomass fuel.