Blyth power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Blyth power station was a 2,400 megawatt supercritical coal plant proposed by RWE nPower in Blyth, England.


The map below shows Blyth, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Background on plant

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]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: RWE nPower
  • Parent company: RWE Group
  • Developer:
  • Location: Blyth, Northumberland, England
  • Coordinates: 55.126957, -1.510277 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 2400 MW total
    • Unit 1: 800 MW
    • Unit 2: 800 MW
    • Unit 3: 800 MW
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Hard coal
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  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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