Little Barford Power Station

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Little Barford Power Station
Little Barford Power Station.jpg
Little Barford power station in 2006
Official nameLittle Barford power station
Coordinates52°12′16″N 0°16′8″W / 52.20444°N 0.26889°W / 52.20444; -0.26889Coordinates: 52°12′16″N 0°16′8″W / 52.20444°N 0.26889°W / 52.20444; -0.26889
Commission date1994
Operator(s)Central Electricity Generating Board
RWE npower
Thermal power station
Primary fuelNatural gas
Tertiary fuelFuel Oil
Combined cycle?Yes
External links
CommonsRelated media on Commons

grid reference TL185577

Little Barford Power Station is a 740 MWe gas-fired power station just north of the village of Little Barford (close to St Neots) in Bedfordshire, England. It lies just south of the A428 St Neots bypass and east of the Wyboston Leisure Park. The River Great Ouse runs alongside.


Little Barford coal-fired power station

It is built on the site of a former coal-fired power station that had a generating capacity of 120 MW and was closed on 26 October 1981.[1] Its demolition took place in 1989, an event covered by the children's TV programme Blue Peter. The two Parsons turbo-alternators were shipped to Malta. One was recommissioned as Unit 8 at Marsa Power Station and remained in service until 15 February 2015.

Construction of the gas-fired station started in 1994, and it opened in 1996. The company that built it, Swindon-based National Power, became Innogy plc in August 2000. That company was bought by the German electricity company, Essen-based RWE in March 2002, and became RWE npower. The station is now owned and operated by RWE Generation UK.

In 2002, a 12 MWe electrical storage facility was built by Regenesys Technologies Ltd (previously owned by Innogy plc but bought by VRB Power Systems in October 2004) which uses Polysulfide bromide flow batteries. However, the facility was never operated commercially due to engineering issues in scaling up the technology.[2]

In 2019 the failure of the plant was partially responsible for a large scale nationwide power cut on the evening of 9th August.[3]

CCGT site history[edit]

The site was originally built by EGT, Atlantic Projects and Henry Boot, and went through a major upgrade in 2012

Original specification[edit]

The site is a CCGT type power station using natural gas. It originally had two General Electric Frame 9F gas turbine engines each producing 220 MWe. Each of these had a Stein Industry heat recovery steam generator which lead to one steam turbine produced by Alstom which produced 256MWe.

Upgraded specification[edit]

In 2012 the plant was upgraded to General Electric Frame 9FA+e gas turbine engines each producing 241 MWe. They are still connected to the original heat recovery steam generator which led to the steam turbine produced by Alstom which now produces 265 MWe


  1. ^ Mr. Redmond (16 January 1984). "Coal-fired Power Stations". Hansard. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Review of Electrical Energy Storage Technologies and Systems and of their Potential for the UK" (PDF). p. 24. Archived from [http:/ the original] Check |url= value (help) (PDF) on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  3. ^ Ambrose, Jillian (12 August 2019). "National Grid 'had three blackout near-misses in three months'". The Guardian. London.

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