List of thermal power station failures

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This list is concerned with severe and abnormal power outages which caused major power failures due to damage to a single thermal power station itself or its connections which take a significant amount of time - months or years to repair.

Whilst any electric grid is vulnerable to instability after the loss of a large generating source or transmission line, this can generally be dealt with without serious inconvenience to customers. However some power stations can be exceptionally large in respect to connected grid capacity so that any failure for these proportionally large stations can be more problematic than the failure of a typically sized station.

List of failures[edit]

Plant Location Description Year Reference
Krümmel Germany 1400 MW loss, repeatedly due to transformer fires. Power and water shortages in Hamburg. 2007, 2009 [1]
Vasilikos Power Station Cyprus 427.5 MW power generation loss, due to munitions explosions. Widespread continuous power shortages 2011 [2]
Ferrybridge C United Kingdom 2000 MW power generation loss, due to cooling tower collapse. No serious impact on National Grid 1 November 1965 [3]
Tilbury United Kingdom 750 MW power generation loss, due fuel fire February 2012. No serious impact on National Grid 1 February 2012 [3]
Shoreham United Kingdom 1000 MW power generation loss, due fuel fire February 2012. No serious impact on National Grid February 2012 [4]

Russian power plant explodes and catches fire (St.Petersburg,Russia) Dashcam and CCTV (February 6, 2012)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ |[[de:Kernkraftwerk Krümmel|]]
  2. ^ http://www.cyprusnewsreport.com/?q=node/4400
  3. ^ a b Ferrybridge power stations
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-17227576