Elland Power Station

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Elland Power Station
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Elland Power Station
Elland Power Station is located in West Yorkshire
Elland Power Station
Location of Elland Power Station in West Yorkshire
Country England
Location West Yorkshire
Coordinates 53°41′40″N 1°49′22″W / 53.694312°N 1.822772°W / 53.694312; -1.822772Coordinates: 53°41′40″N 1°49′22″W / 53.694312°N 1.822772°W / 53.694312; -1.822772
Commission date 1959
Decommission date 1991
Operator(s) Central Electricity Generating Board
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal-fired
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 180 MW
grid reference SE118220

Elland Power Station was a coal-fired power station situated adjacent to the Manchester to Wakefield railway line and on a loop of the River Calder, north east of the town of Elland in West Yorkshire. The station occupied a site of some 65 acres.


The construction of Elland Power Station was planned in 1945. It was designed and built by the then Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), Northern Project Group. Building work began in 1951 and the project cost £10 million. The first generating unit began generating electricity on 7 August 1959, but the station did not officially open and begin generating at full capacity until 28 April 1961.[1] The station used three 1.21 GW (gigawatt) generating sets.[2] Later in the 1960s, the station won an award for its clean and efficient operation.

Coal from the Yorkshire coalfields was delivered by train on the adjacent Calder Valley Line and moved around the site using 0-4-0 shunters. Elland No. 1, a CEGB 0-4-0 diesel shunter is preserved at Mangapps Railway Museum, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex.[3]

On 22 November 1971, the station's conveyor belt was destroyed in a fire.[1] After the UK's electric supply industry was privatised in 1989, the station was operated by PowerGen.[4] The station closed in 1991 before being demolished in 1996. The station's site is now the site of Lowfields Industrial Estate[1] although the associated switching substation was retained and remains in use.


  1. ^ a b c Bull, Malcolm (2008). "Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion". Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "REFERENCE INSTALLATION LIST" (PDF). March 2008. p. 29. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Mangapps Railway Museum - Stock List". Archived from the original on 1 August 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Table 3.7 - Generation Disconnections since 1991". National Grid. 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2009. [permanent dead link]

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