Great Yarmouth Power Station

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Great Yarmouth Power Station
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Great Yarmouth power station in May 2007
Great Yarmouth Power Station is located in the United Kingdom
Great Yarmouth Power Station
Location of Great Yarmouth Power Station
Country England
Location Norfolk, East of England
Coordinates 52°35′02″N 1°44′00″E / 52.583884°N 1.733255°E / 52.583884; 1.733255Coordinates: 52°35′02″N 1°44′00″E / 52.583884°N 1.733255°E / 52.583884; 1.733255
Commission date 2001
Operator(s) npower
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Natural gas
grid reference TG530050

Great Yarmouth Power Station is combined cycle gas turbine power station on South Denes Road in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, England, with a maximum output of 420MW electricity, opened in 2001. It is built on the site of an oil-fired power station, built in 1958 and closed and demolished in the 1990s. Another power station was built in Great Yarmouth in 1894 and operated until 1961.


Great Yarmouth's first power station which used coal was built in 1894 and demolished in 1961 together with its iconic large chimney. Before demolition a second much larger plant, built on the South Denes, had opened in September 1958. This plant produced power until it was first scheduled to close in 1984 before briefly being used again during the UK miners' strike (1984–1985) after which is again remained unused until 1994 which demolition began. On 5 May 1997 the main building and its chimney were demolished via a controlled explosion watched by thousands of people from the roads on the other side of the River Yare. The 360-foot (110 m) chimney was a landmark of Great Yarmouth, and had been the tallest structure in Norfolk.[1]

The current gas power station plant was built on the site by Bechtel for BP between 1998 and 2001. The plant was operated by GE International, trading as IGE Energy Services (UK) Ltd and was then bought by RWE (trading as npower) in November 2005 for £155m.[2]


It is a CCGT type power station that runs on natural gas.[3] It has one 265MWe General Electric Frame 9 (9001FA+E) gas turbine with the exhaust gas heating a Doosan heat recovery steam generator, leading to a 150MWe General Electric steam turbine. It has a dedicated pipeline to connect to the Interconnector gas pipeline and the Bacton Gas Terminal a few miles to the north-west. At 420MW, it generates enough electricity for around 350,000 homes. It has a thermal efficiency of 57%. The terminal voltage of the plant is 19kV, which meets the distribution network of EDF Energy via a transformer at 132kV. The steam condenser uses about 9 tonnes of water a second[citation needed] from the River Yare.


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