West Burton power station

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West Burton power station, in Nottinghamshire County, United Kingdom, has 3,548 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity (2,188 MW coal-fired and 1,360 MW gas-fired).


The map below shows the plant located near Gainsborough in Nottinghamshire.

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The 4 x 547 MW subcritical coal-fired units were commissioned in 1967.[1]

The four coal units are planned for closure in September 2022.[2]

In 2021 the project applied for 1,383 MW existing gas generation (units B1, B2, and B3, 461 MW each) in the T-4 Capacity Market 2024-2025 auction, and they were listed in the final results.[3][4] This would qualify them for government subsidies to guarantee electricity supply.[5]

In April 2021 EDF announced they were selling their gas unit (units "B") to EIG.[6] In addition, their proposed unit C is considered cancelled despite its Development Consent Order (DCO) approval.[7] The proposals website cites challenging market conditions and no current plans to move forward with the project.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: EDF Energy[9]
  • Parent company: Electricite de France[10]
  • Location: Retford, Nottinghamshire County, United Kingdom
  • Coordinates: 53.3622, -0.8076 (exact)[11]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 3,548 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 547 MW (start-up in 1967)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 547 MW (start-up in 1967)
    • Unit 3: Coal-fired subcritical, 547 MW (start-up in 1967)
    • Unit 4: Coal-fired subcritical, 547 MW (start-up in 1967)
    • Unit B1: Gas-fired[12] combined cycle[9], 450 MW[12] (start-up in 2013)[9]
    • Unit B2: Gas-fired[13] combined cycle[9], 460 MW[13] (start-up in 2013)[9]
    • Unit B3: Gas-fired[14] combined cycle[9], 450 MW[15] (start-up in 2013)[9]
  • Gross generating capacity (cancelled): 299 MW
    • Unit C: Gas-fired[16] open-cycle gas turbine[16], 299 MW[16] (start-up in 2024)[17]

Articles and Resources


  1. Department of Energy and Climate Change, "Power stations in the United Kingdom, May 2012", Department of Energy and Climate Change, May 2012. (This link is to an Excel spreadsheet).
  2. "EDF confirms West Burton A will close in September 2022, two years ahead of Government deadline for coal-fired power," EDF, March 22, 2021
  3. T4 DY2024-25 Final Results, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Mar 22, 2021
  4. Capacity Market Register 2024-25 (T-4) - 13_04_2021, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Apr 13, 2021
  5. Capacity Market, United Kingdom, Mar 1, 2019
  6. EDF sells West Burton B gas-fired power plant in UK to investor EIG, Reuters, Apr 11, 2021
  7. [https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/north-east/west-burton-c-power-station/ Generating Stations: West Burton C power station], UK National Infrastructure Planning, Oct 21, 2020
  8. West Burton C power station, EDF, accessed Apr 15, 2021
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  10. Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) 529900JSAXHBYN4WOI25 Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, accessed January 2020
  11. West Burton power station - Global Energy Monitor
  12. 12.0 12.1 ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 48W00000WBURB-19 accessed November 2019
  13. 13.0 13.1 ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 48W00000WBURB-27 accessed November 2019
  14. ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 48W00000WBURB-35 accessed November 2019
  15. ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 48W00000WBURB-35 accessed November 2019
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 West Burton C power station
  17. Gas-fired power station construction

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