Blackburn Mill power station

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Blackburn Mill power station is a 60-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in Lancashire County, United Kingdom.


The map below shows the location of the power station in Blackburn, Lancashire County, United Kingdom.

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When it was commissioned in 2002, Blackburn Mill served as a CHP plant for a papermill operated by Sappi. In 2008, the papermill closed. Since then it has operated at full load.[1]

In August 2019 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council approved the development by Suez UK of an Energy from Waste plant on Lower Eccleshill Road in Darwen. The plant would be capable of processing 500,000 tonnes per of domestic and commercial waste. It will export up to 44.5 MW of electricity to the national grid. Construction work was expected  to begin in 2021 and the plant could be operational by 2023.[2]

In 2021 Drax Group sold its existing gas plant portfolio, including Blackburn Mill.[3][4] The transaction sold Drax Generation Enterprise Ltd. to VPI Holding Ltd.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: VPI Power Ltd[5][6]
  • Parent company: Vitol[7]
  • Location: Blackburn, Lancashire County, United Kingdom
  • Coordinates: 53.7182, -2.5372 (exact)[8]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 60 MW

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Blackburn Mill CHP and Embedded Generation: Site Information" (PDF). Scottish Power. 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Blackburn power stations". Wikipedia. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  3. Drax Cancels Plan to Build Europe’s Largest Natural Gas Power Plant, Green Tech Media, Feb 26, 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (July 26, 2021). "Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES): electricity". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Drax sells fleet of UK gas plants to Vitol subsidiary, S&P Global, Dec 15, 2020
  6. "About us". VPI. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  7. Gas and Power, Vitol, accessed Apr 13, 2021
  8. Google Maps accessed January 2020
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy