PORTISHEAD POWER STATION refers to a series of two coal and oil-fired power stations . They were built in the dock area of Portishead in Somerset, South West England .
Portishead power station
They closed in the late 1970s and early 1980s respectively. The power station and dock area have since been demolished and cleared. The sites have now been redeveloped: the site of the two power stations is now occupied by housing and the dock has become a marina .
* 1 Portishead A power station * 2 Portishead B power station * 3 Operations * 4 Rundown * 5 Closure and demolition
* 6 References
* 6.1 Notes * 6.2 Sources
* 7 See also
PORTISHEAD A POWER STATION
Portishead power station
In 1947, the
British Electricity Authority (BEA) was established,
with the nationalisation of the UK's electricity supply industry,
through the authority of the Electricity Act 1947 . The BEA took over
the operations of over 600 private power companies and local council
electricity power stations to form 14 area boards. Portishead Power
Station ceased to be owned by the
After the Second World War , when building work on the new Portishead B Power Station began, the original station was renamed Portishead A.
PORTISHEAD B POWER STATION
The BEA started building the Portishead "B" power station in 1949 on part of the site of the Great Western Railway 's original Portishead railway station ; which was closed on 4 January 1954 and demolished. A replacement railway station was opened some 400 metres nearer the centre of Portishead.
The B power station was built with twelve steam boilers: eight were coal-fired and four oil-fired. The new power station began generating in 1955; however, in 1954 the British Electricity Authority was replaced by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). The CEA itself was abolished in 1957 and both power stations came under the control of the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB). They remained under the control of the CEGB until their closure and demolition.
The power stations took coal from the
Welsh coal was also brought across the
Condensing water was taken from the
The CEGB fully converted the two power stations to burn oil when
collieries in the
CLOSURE AND DEMOLITION
Portishead A Power Station ceased generating electricity on 15 March 1976. By this time its generating capacity had fallen to 96 MW. The first of its two chimneys was demolished in September 1981, followed by the second in August 1982. The B Station closed in 1982. Its two 383 feet (117 m) chimneys were demolished in October 1992.
An area between the site of the power stations and Royal Portbury Dock which was used to dump the waste is being turned into a nature reserve known as Portbury Ashlands .
* ^ Winter (2005), pages 11–18.
* ^ A B C D Crowhurst (2001). Chapter 4: Portishead at Work.
* ^ Hannah (1979).
* ^ Winter (2005), "
* Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway
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19514063 . CN 8983.
* Butt, R.V.J., (1995. The Directory of Railway Stations. Sparkford:
Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1 .
* Crowhurst, Ken, (2001). Images of England: Portishead. Stroud:
Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2240-5 .
* Farr, Grahame (1954).
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