West Burton Power Station is a coal-fired power station near Gainsborough, north Nottinghamshire, England. It is the furthest north of series of Trent valley power stations, being within 2 mi (3.2 km) of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire and 39 mi (63 km) from Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station near Nottingham. It is between Bole to the north and Sturton le Steeple to the south. The station is accessed via the A620 near Bole. The Sheffield to Lincoln Line passes close to one set of its eight cooling towers.

History

It is built on the site of the deserted medieval village of West Burton. The station is run by EDF Energy. It was originally operated by the CEGB and then run by National Power after privatisation, until April 1996 when it was bought by the Eastern Group which became TXU Europe. In November 2001 when the price of electricity was low and TXU Europe had severe financial problems, it was bought by the London Power Company for £366 million. In October 2003, a £100 million flue gas desulphurisation project opened, after three years of construction by Arup Energy and Mowlem. New SOFA (separated over-fire air) burners were installed in 2007 to meet EU Nitrogen oxide emission legislation. The station also has a Discovery Centre to educate local school children. It has the oldest mound of FGD gypsum in the UK, part of an experiment set up by CEGB scientists in 1988.

Specification

The power station provides electricity for around two million people, and is situated on a 410-acre (1.7 km2) site. Coal for the power station, like Cottam, comes from the Welbeck colliery at Meden Vale. This will only be until 2009, when its coal is expected to run out. The station's other supplier, Thoresby colliery, is expected to last longer. The station connects to the National Grid, like most similar sized coal power stations, via a transformer and substation at 400 kV. The chimneys of West Burton Power Station are 200 metres tall.

Combined cycle gas turbine power station

A £600 million 1,270 MWe CCGT power station, which will run on natural gas, is currently being built next to the coal-fired station. Construction by the Kier Group started in January 2008. It is being built on land originally allocated for a proposed 1,800 MW West Burton 'B' coal power station that was to have been built in the 1980s. Privatisation of the electricity industry in 1990 cancelled this scheme. It will be finished in 2011, and will supply electricity to around 1.5 million homes. A new 12 mi (19 km) gas pipeline is being built to link to the National Gas Transmission System at Grayingham in Lincolnshire. Around 1,000 people are involved in the construction. The plant will consist of three 430 MW gas turbines each with a heat recovery steam generator.(design and supply an Italian company)

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