Greenwich Power Station

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Greenwich Power Station
Greenwich power station from Royal Observatory.jpg
Greenwich Power Station with The O2 visible in the background.
Country England
Location Greater London
Coordinates 51°29′06″N 0°00′04″W / 51.485°N 0.001°W / 51.485; -0.001Coordinates: 51°29′06″N 0°00′04″W / 51.485°N 0.001°W / 51.485; -0.001
Commission date 1902
Power generation
Primary fuel Coal-fired
Secondary fuel Oil-fired
grid reference TQ389781

Greenwich Power Station is a standby oil, gas, and formerly coal-fired power station on the River Thames at Greenwich in south-east London. Despite being over one hundred years old, the station is still available as a back-up electricity source for the London Underground. The station is an early example of a steel-framed building with a stone-clad brick cover.



Coal was delivered to the large coal jetty in the river, which stands on 16 Doric-styled, cast iron columns. Coal was then sent to the white-painted storage bunkers on the west side of the station. The pier is now no longer used because the relatively small amount of oil used at the station now comes by road tanker. Burning gas and oil does not produce the amount of ash that burning coal does, so it is not removed via the jetty like the coal ash used to be. The poet C. Day-Lewis used the space under the pier as the site of a murder mystery when writing thrillers under the name 'Nicholas Blake'.


  1. ^ "Greenwich Power Station". Port Cities. Retrieved 2008-08-05.