BARRY Power Station has announced a consultation period ahead of a planned closure in spring 2019, with 19 jobs set to be at risk as a result.

The site – located on Sully Moors Road, Sully – recently failed to secure a new contract – and as a result operators Centrica no longer consider it economically viable.

South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies expressed his concern at the site's potential closure, saying it was vital that all steps were taken to provide alternative job opportunities for their current staff.

Mr Davies added that he has requested a meeting with Centrica to discuss details of the shutdown process.

"It goes without saying that this news will be very disappointing to all those employed at Barry Power Station – and is a matter of grave concern," said Mr Davies.

“I have therefore requested a meeting with Centrica to discuss the situation – and the importance of finding alternative employment for the 19 people whose jobs are at risk.

“The site is young at only 20 years’ old – so this news is very surprising – and it’s vital we do all we can to support those affected by the closure.”

A spokesman for Centrica said the Welsh Government and staff would be consulted in the coming months.

"Following the disappointing auction result, and Barry’s subsequent failure to secure a short term operating reserve (STOR) contract in the recent tender round, the station is no longer economically viable.

"Barry has existing obligations through to March 2019, but income beyond that point will not be sufficient to cover the cost base. We have therefore taken steps to place the asset on a path to closure.

"We have informed staff and Trade Unions of the situation. We will continue to explore alternatives and will consult with the 19 impacted members of staff."