Thor Cogeneration Power Station

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Thor Cogeneration Power Station
Model .jpg
The proposed Thor Cogeneration Power Station
Thor Cogeneration Power Station is located in County Durham
Thor Cogeneration Power Station
Location of Thor Cogeneration Power Station in County Durham
Country England
Location County Durham, North East England
Coordinates 54°36′11″N 1°12′10″W / 54.603145°N 1.202748°W / 54.603145; -1.202748Coordinates: 54°36′11″N 1°12′10″W / 54.603145°N 1.202748°W / 54.603145; -1.202748
Commission date 2012
Operator(s) PX Limited
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Natural gas-fired
Cogeneration? yes
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 1,020 MW
grid reference NZ516234
Not to be confused with Seal Sands Power Station.

Thor Cogeneration is a planned gas-fired cogeneration plant, which is to be built on Seal Sands near Billingham, in County Durham, North East England.


On 19 January 2007, newly established business venture Thor Cogeneration, a subsidiary of Teesside-based PX Group, announced plans for a new power station on Teesside.[1] The station is proposed as a 1,020 megawatt (MW) combined heat and power combined cycle gas turbine plant.[2] Stockton Borough Council gave their approval for the station in April 2007. The station's licence for the generation of electricity was also granted later in 2007.[3] On 28 August 2008, government approval for the station to be built was granted by Energy minister Malcolm Wicks.[4] Construction is expected to begin in 2009, with operations predicted for early in 2012.[3]

Proposed specification[edit]

The station will use two gas-fired generators, with excess heat being used to make steam to drive a further generator.[3] Electricity generated will be distributed to the National Grid. As well as generating electricity, the station will provide heat to the nearby, SABIC operated North Tees Works oil refinery, in the form of steam. Natural gas, the station's fuel, will be supplied to the station by a pipeline, with a short connection to an existing pipeline to the north.[2] The station will require 20% less gas per MW generated than current operating gas-fired stations.[4]

The station is expected to be able to achieve a 58% efficiency rating by using the latest gas turbine technology.[2] It will create 60% less carbon emissions than current coal-fired power stations.[4] It will be cooled by using an air cooled condenser, avoiding the need to extract from or discharge water into the nearby River Tees. 1,000 people will be employed during the construction and 60 will be employed when the station is operational.[2]


  1. ^ "Plans unveiled to build green gas-powered station". The Northern Echo. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "ThorCogeneration" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-01-01. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Power plant decision welcomed". 28 August 2008. Archived from the original on June 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "Thor gets green light to build CHP station". 28 August 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 

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