Cowes Power Station

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Cowes Power Station
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Cowes power station
Cowes Power Station is located in Isle of Wight
Cowes Power Station
Location of Cowes Power Station in Isle of Wight
Country England
Location East Cowes, Isle of Wight
Coordinates 50°44′45″N 1°17′11″W / 50.7459°N 1.2864°W / 50.7459; -1.2864Coordinates: 50°44′45″N 1°17′11″W / 50.7459°N 1.2864°W / 50.7459; -1.2864
Operator(s) RWE npower
See also Kingston Power Station (disambiguation)

Cowes power station (or Kingston power station) is a 140MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine station powered by two 70MW units. The station is the Isle of Wight's only conventional power generation source other than power from the mainland. The station was built in 1982 at a cost of £30 million.[1] The station is owned and operated by RWE npower.[2]

Both units run on light fuel oil and operate at either peak time or when the grid requires frequency response. The station is either run locally or by remote from Fawley Power Station. The gas turbine engines have a total output of 200,000 horsepower and use 762 litres (201 US gal) of fuel oil per minute when running at maximum output.[3]


  1. ^ "Cowes Power Station". nPower Media Centre. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cowes Power Station". Engineering Timelines. Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cowes Power Station". RWE Power. Retrieved 28 February 2011.