Blyth power station

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Blyth power station is a retired power station in Bedlington, Northumberland, United Kingdom.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Blyth power station Bedlington, Northumberland, United Kingdom 55.141667, -1.528611 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 7, Unit 8: 55.141667, -1.528611

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 retired coal - unknown 120 subcritical 1958 2000
Unit 2 retired coal - unknown 120 subcritical 1958 2000
Unit 3 retired coal - unknown 120 subcritical 1959 2000
Unit 4 retired coal - unknown 120 subcritical 1960 2000
Unit 7 retired coal - unknown 330 subcritical 1965 2000
Unit 8 retired coal - unknown 330 subcritical 1966 2000

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 NPower Legacy Holdings [100.0%]
Unit 2 NPower Legacy Holdings [100.0%]
Unit 3 NPower Legacy Holdings [100.0%]
Unit 4 NPower Legacy Holdings [100.0%]
Unit 7 NPower Legacy Holdings [100.0%]
Unit 8 NPower Legacy Holdings [100.0%]


The proposed power station had a notional commissioning date of 2014.[1]


In November 2009 RWE npower announced that it had shelved plans for the proposed new coal fired power stations at Tilbury in Essex and Blyth power station in Northumberland. In a media release it claimed that the proposed power stations "continued to be excellent power generation options for the future." In a media release, the company's Chief Technical Officer, Kevin McCullough, stated that "in the current market, we’re unable to make an economic case for new coal-fired power stations. We are considering the implications of the Government’s policy review on the conditions to be applied to new coal stations. We firmly believe new coal-fired generation should have a role to play in a low carbon economy alongside gas, nuclear power and renewable energy sources."[2]

Articles and Resources


  1. James Richens, "King coal promises to clean up", ENDS Report 396, January 2008, pp 26-29.
  2. RWE npower, "RWE npower applies to build UK’s biggest Carbon Capture Pilot Plant", Media Release, November 9, 2009.

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