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).

Location

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

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Background

The 4 x 547 MW subcritical coal-fired units were commissioned in 1967.[1] These four coal units are planned for closure by 2022.[2] Currently, there are plans to build an additional gas-fired turbine of 299 MW, which would bring the total operating capacity of gas plants at the station to 1660 MW. This project was awarded a Development Consent Order (DCO) approval in 2020.[3]

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.[4][5] This would qualify them for government subsidies to guarantee electricity supply.[6]

In April 2021 EDF announced they were selling their gas unit (units "B") to EIG.[7]

Coal retirement plans

West Burton A was originally slated for closure in 2021, before that was extended to September 2022. In 2022, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng wrote to National Grid ESO to ask the industry to find ways to produce “additional non-gas-fired capacity over the coming winter that would otherwise not be available” to minimise the impact of volatile energy markets on bills.

In June 2022, the plant was expected to run until March 2023.[8]

According to July 2022 reporting, Electricite de France SA signed a deal to hold the plant on standby.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
    • Units 1-4 and C: EDF Energy[10]
    • Units B1-B3: EIG[7][11]
  • Parent company:
    • Units 1-4 and C: Electricite de France[12]
    • Units B1-B3: EIG[13]
  • Location: Retford, Nottinghamshire County, United Kingdom
  • Coordinates: 53.3622, -0.8076 (exact)
  • Gross generating capacity (Mothballed): 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[14] combined cycle[15], 450 MW[14] (start-up in 2013)[15]
    • Unit B2: Gas-fired[16] combined cycle[15], 460 MW[16] (start-up in 2013)[15]
    • Unit B3: Gas-fired[17] combined cycle[15], 450 MW[18] (start-up in 2013)[15]
  • Gross generating capacity (pre-construction): 299 MW
    • Unit C: Gas-fired[19] open-cycle gas turbine[19], 299 MW[19] (start-up in 2024)[20]

Articles and Resources

Sources

  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. [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
  4. T4 DY2024-25 Final Results, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Mar 22, 2021
  5. Capacity Market Register 2024-25 (T-4) - 13_04_2021, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Apr 13, 2021
  6. Capacity Market, United Kingdom, Mar 1, 2019
  7. 7.0 7.1 EDF sells West Burton B gas-fired power plant in UK to investor EIG, Reuters, Apr 11, 2021
  8. "Simon Evans Tweet," June 15, 2022
  9. "UK Leaves Door Open for Coal Power in Bid to Keep Lights On," Bloomberg, July 6, 2022
  10. Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, July 29, 2021
  11. EDF Energy finalises sale of CCGT West Burton B plant in UK, Power Engineering International, Sep 6, 2021
  12. Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) 529900JSAXHBYN4WOI25 Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, accessed January 2020
  13. About Us, EIG Partners, accessed Sep 10, 2021
  14. 14.0 14.1 ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 48W00000WBURB-19 accessed October 2021
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  16. 16.0 16.1 ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 48W00000WBURB-27 accessed October 2021
  17. ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 48W00000WBURB-35 accessed November 2019
  18. ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 48W00000WBURB-35 accessed October 2021
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 West Burton C power station
  20. Gas-fired power station construction

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