Consett Power Station
|Consett Power Station|
|Location||Derwentside, County Durham, North East England|
|Operator(s)||Consett Iron Company|
|Thermal power station|
Knitsley Lane Power Station
In 1943, a small power station was constructed on Knitsley Lane in Consett. It was built and operated by the Cleveland and Durham Supply Company, and generated electricity using two generating sets driven by oil-fueled engines. It supplied electricity over a small area of south west Consett, using an underground cable stretching from the station to Derwent Street. This closed only a couple of years later, in 1906, when the generating sets were removed and the building converted into a substation, providing a step down from 20 kV to 3 kV for local distribution.
Templetown Power Station
The Knitsley Lane station was taken out of operation because of the opening of the Consett Iron Company's own power stations. This was situated in the Templetown area of Consett, and was used to supply electricity to the iron and steel works in the town, as well as to local houses. The station was closed in 1961, when electricity supply was provided by the Central Electricity Generating Board.
Central Power Station
Between 1943 and 1999, the Consett Iron Company built the Central Power Station to provide the works with an electricity supply. The large building had two chimneys and two cooling towers. The station was closed along with the steel works in 1999.