West Thurrock Power Station

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West Thurrock Power Station
West Thurrock Power Station.jpg
West Thurrock Power Station, 1973.
West Thurrock Power Station is located in Essex
West Thurrock Power Station
Location of West Thurrock Power Station in Essex
Country England
Location Essex, East of England
Coordinates 51°28′10″N 0°17′20″E / 51.469573°N 0.288756°E / 51.469573; 0.288756Coordinates: 51°28′10″N 0°17′20″E / 51.469573°N 0.288756°E / 51.469573; 0.288756
Commission date 1962
Decommission date 1993
Operator(s) CEGB
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal-fired
grid reference TQ589770

West Thurrock Power Station was a coal-fired power station on the River Thames at Stone Ness, West Thurrock in Essex. The station was close to the northern end of the 400 kV Thames Crossing of the National Grid.


The station was built by the Central Electricity Generating Board and unlike most of the power stations further up the Thames, West Thurrock was built in the 1950s and on a green field site. Construction, which included the piling and landfilling of the marshy riverside, took several years; starting in 1957 until it was opened in 1962. The station had two 175 m (574 ft) tall chimneys made from reinforced concrete.[1] Later conversion work allowed the station to burn oil and natural gas as well as coal.

A bulk unloader from the power station still in use at West Thurrock Jetty, 2010

After the UK's electric supply industry was privatised in 1989, it was operated by National Power. In 1992, one of the station's units were decommissioned. The station's other four units were decommissioned in 1993.[2] The closure left a stockpile of nearly half a million tonnes of coal, which was transported downstream to the nearby Tilbury Power Station by Rhine barge.[3]

After demolition part of the site was redeveloped as a works making industrial chemicals for the adjacent Procter & Gamble works and utilising the former coaling jetty. A proposal to build a large postal sorting office on the former fly-ash lagoons proved controversial due to the wildlife that had colonised the site.


  1. ^ Demolition contractor's website Archived 20 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Table 3.7 - Generation Disconnections since 1991". http://www.nationalgrid.com/. National Grid. 2003. Retrieved 2009-01-05.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "West Thurrock Power Station". West Thurrock Power Station. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 

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