Consett Power Station

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Consett Power Station
Consett Power Station is located in County Durham
Consett Power Station
Location of Consett Power Station in County Durham
Country England
Location Derwentside, County Durham, North East England
Coordinates 54°51′00″N 1°50′56″W / 54.850109°N 1.848898°W / 54.850109; -1.848898Coordinates: 54°51′00″N 1°50′56″W / 54.850109°N 1.848898°W / 54.850109; -1.848898
Commission date 1903
Decommission date 1980
Operator(s) Consett Iron Company
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal-fired
grid reference NZ098506

Consett Power Station refers to numerous, now demolished coal-fired power stations situated on various sites around Consett in County Durham, North East England.


Knitsley Lane Power Station[edit]

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.[1]

Templetown Power Station[edit]

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.[1]

Central Power Station[edit]

Between 1943 and 1999, the Consett Iron Company built the Central Power Station to provide the works with an electricity supply.[1] The large building had two chimneys and two cooling towers. The station was closed along with the steel works in 1999.


  1. ^ a b c Consett Lions’ Club (December 1963). "The Consett Story". Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.  External link in |work= (help)