Great Yarmouth's first power station which used coal was built in 1894 and demolished in 1961 together with its iconic large chimney. Before demolition a second much larger plant, built on the South Denes, had opened in September 1958. This plant produced power until it was first scheduled to close in 1984 before briefly being used again during the UK miners' strike (1984–1985) after which is again remained unused until 1994 which demolition began. On 5 May 1997 the main building a chimney were demolished via a controlled explosion watched by thousands of people from the roads on the other side of the River Yare. The demolition of the 360-foot (110 m) chimney, which was a landmark of Great Yarmouth, and which had been the tallest structure in Norfolk was controversial.
The current gas power station plant was built on the site by Bechtel for BP between 1998 and 2001. The plant was operated by GE International, trading as IGE Energy Services (UK) Ltd and was then bought by RWE (trading as npower) in November 2005 for £155m.[dead link]