Little Barford Power StationEdit profile
Little Barford Power Station is a 680MWe gas-fired power station just north of the village of Little Barford (close to St Neots) in Bedfordshire. It lies just south of the A428 St Neots bypass and east of the Wyboston Leisure Park. The River Great Ouse runs alongside.
It is built on the site of a former coal-fired power station. This station had a generating capacity of 120 MW and was closed on 26 October 1981. Construction of the gas fired station started in 1994, and it opened in 1996. The company that built it, Swindon-based National Power, became Innogy in August 2000. That company was bought by the German electricity company, Essen-based RWE in March 2002, now under the trading name npower (a former brand name of National Power). In 2002, an electrical storage facility was built by Regenesys Technologies Ltd (previously owned by Innogy but bought by VRB Power Systems in October 2004) which uses fuel cells. The fuel cell plant is still owned by RWE.
It is a CCGT type power station using natural gas. It has two General Electric Frame 9 (9001) gas turbine engines built by GEC Alsthom ( Alstom). Each of these has a Babcock Energy heat recovery steam generator which lead to one steam turbine. The station connects to the National Grid at the nearby 400 kV Eaton Socon substation. It employs around fifty people. It has a black start facility using a 17MWe gas turbine engine. The site was built by EGT, Atlantic Projects and Henry Boot.