Little Barford Power Station
|Little Barford Power Station|
Little Barford power station in 2006
|Official name||Little Barford power station|
|Operator(s)||Central Electricity Generating Board
|Primary fuel||Natural gas-fired|
|Secondary fuel||Fuel Oil|
|grid reference TL185577|
Little Barford Power Station is a 740MWe 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.
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, a 12MWe electrical storage facility was built by Regenesys Technologies Ltd (previously owned by Innogy but bought by VRB Power Systems in October 2004) which uses Polysulfide bromide flow batteries. Although the facility was completed, due to engineering issues in scaling up the technology, it was never fully commissioned. The fuel cell plant is still owned by RWE.
Demolished in 1989 and was broadcast on Blue Peter - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C50UTGiN7uE
It is a CCGT type power station using natural gas. It has two General Electric Frame 9FA gas turbine engines each producing 241MWe. Each of these has a Babcock Energy heat recovery steam generator which lead to one steam turbine produced by Alstom which produces 265MWe. 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 General Electric Frame 5 gas turbine engine. The site was originally built by EGT, Atlantic Projects and Henry Boot, and went through a major upgrade in 2012.
- Mr. Redmond (16 January 1984). "Coal-fired Power Stations". Hansard. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
- "Review of Electrical Energy Storage Technologies and Systems and of their Potential for the UK". p. 24. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
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