Staythorpe Power Station
|Staythorpe Power Station|
Staythorpe power station under construction in April 2009
Viewed from an aeroplane
|Location||Nottinghamshire, East Midlands|
|Construction cost||£600 million|
|Primary fuel||Natural gas-fired|
|grid reference SK767536|
Staythorpe C Power Station is a 1,735 MWe gas-fired power station between Southwell and Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, between the River Trent and Nottingham to Lincoln Line. The station was handed over to the owner RWE npower from Alstom Power with full commercial operation being achieved in December 2010. The official opening ceremony attended by Charles Hendry, Minister of State took place on 9 May 2011.
The £680 million plant near Averham was formally opened on 9 May 2011 and is owned by the German energy company, RWE npower. It is the second largest Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station in the UK and has an overall efficiency in excess of 58%.
Former power plants
It was built on the site of two former CEGB coal-fired power stations, the 360 MW Staythorpe A (built July 1950) and B (built May 1962). Staythorpe A was closed on 31 October 1983 and had a generating capacity of 112 MW. Staythorpe B closed in 1994 with a generating capacity of 354 MW. There is still a large substation next to the site of the former power stations, and a monument.
Planning permission was given for the gas-fired power station as early as 1993, and construction originally began in 1998 by the previous owner National Power, temporarily ceasing in 2000 due to market saturation and low returns on electricity generation (high gas costs versus low electricity prices). Construction restarted in early 2008, after RWE decided to proceed with Staythorpe in May 2007 in preference to development at an alternate site in Pembrokeshire Pembroke. The Pembrokeshire site was given the go ahead to proceed alongside Staythorpe in February 2009 once environmental conditions were assured to be met. The project at Staythorpe will be constructed under an Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Alstom Power.
Alstom Power Ltd, the construction contractors, applied to Newark and Sherwood District Council in October 2008 for planning permission to develop an additional storage depot immediately adjacent to the village of Staythorpe. Many villagers have expressed concern about this and a campaign to oppose it has been set up.
It is situated around one mile from Newark, between the villages of Averham, to the north, and Farndon, to the south with the address Staythorpe Road, Staythorpe, NG23 5PS. The north-east section of the power station is in the Averham parish, with the rest in Staythorpe.
Resourcing of construction labour
Staythorpe is a CCGT power station that runs primarily on natural gas, but has the theoretical (not commissioned) option to switch to (distillate) light fuel oil. It will generate enough electricity for two million homes. It will consist of four KA26-1 modules, generating around 430 MWe each, each with an Alstom 288 MWe GT26B gas turbine, triple-pressure heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine. Electricity will be generated using Alstom TOPGAS hydrogen-cooled generators. The plant will have a thermal efficiency of around 58%.
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- "Generation disconnections since 1991". http://www.nationalgrid.com/. 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2009.
- "Sustained demonstrations will continue outside Staythorpe power station". Unite. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
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- Specification of the power plant (PDF)
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- Power in Trust monument
- Site chosen for £600m power plant
- Possible legal action from the GMB in November 2009
- Strike action ballot in August 2009
- Strikes in June 2009
- Protest march in February 2009
- Protests in January 2009
- Protestors in October 2008
- Announcement of construction in May 2007