Tilbury "Bio-mass" power plant closed

The end of more than 50 years of power production

By John Matthews and John Smith

Tilbury A Station  (1956-1981)

There has been an operational power station at Tilbury for well over 56 Years. Tilbury A consisted of six generating units, producing a total of 360 Megawatts of electricity on fossil fuel and co-firing oil for the National Grid.

In 1981 Tilbury A stopped operating and its station boilers and turbines hall and chimneys were demolished in 1999. Some of the power station still exists today as a listed building.

Tilbury B Station   (1967-2013)

Tilbury B station had a total generating capacity of more than 1,400 Megawatts of electricity, operating on fossil fuel (or coal) and co-firing Oil.

In 2011. it became a biofuel burning  (Biomass, meaning wood Pellets). In July 2013, N Power announced they were halting the Biomass programe due to difficulty in financing the plant -http://www.newenergyworldnetwork.com/investor-news/renewable-energy-news/by-technology/biofuel-biomass/rwe-will-close-1-yr-old-uk-biomass-plant-units-today.html

Recently (this month, August 2013) it was announced in the local newspaper that it is not operatinal and not producing electricity -

http://www.thurrockgazette.co.uk/news/10610916.End_of_an_era_as_generation_ceases_at_Tilbury_power_station/?ref=twtrec

 

Photo:Tilbury A power station, 1950s

Tilbury A power station, 1950s

from John Smith

Photo:Tilbury A power station

Tilbury A power station

from John Smith

Photo:Aerial view of Tilbury A

Aerial view of Tilbury A

from John Smith

Photo:Tilbury B power station

Tilbury B power station

John Smith

Photo:Tilbury B power station

Tilbury B power station

from John Smith

Photo:Tilbury B power station with part of Tilbury A

Tilbury B power station with part of Tilbury A

from John Smith

Photo:Tilbury B power station

Tilbury B power station

from John Smith

Photo:Entrance

Entrance

from John Smith

Photo:The power station seen from the Thames

The power station seen from the Thames

from John Smith

Photo:Tilbury A from the river

Tilbury A from the river

from John Smith

Photo:The Royal Yacht Britania passes the power station

The Royal Yacht Britania passes the power station

from John Smith

This page was added by John Matthews on 20/08/2013.
Comments about this page

I remember Tilbury A being built; I worked there for 12 months during its construction and commissioning!  Although 'worked' may be a bit subjective as I was a Graduate Trainee with the CEGB.  So many things stick in my mind.  The contractors canteen lunches; 'built' for stamina and just what a 21year old needed.  The long cycle ride across the marshes to get there, always(?) foggy and having to dodge the stray animals in the road. It was said that some old local families claimed the power station had been built on common land and they had ancient grazing rights, so they refused to fence their animals in.  Then there was the plant attendant who looked after the river water filters and collected the trapped eels, all covered in sewage and other debris, which he sold!!!!  And the river; it seemed to be alive with ships of all shapes and sizes in those pre-container days.

By Barry
On 19/02/2015

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