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Report - Derwent & Spondon H (Celanese) Power Station

AndyK!

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Derwent Power Station was built as a Combined Heat and Power Plant to supply both electricity and steam to the neighbouring British Celanese chemical factory. The plant had a capacity of 241 MW, around 50 MW of which was supplied to the National Grid.

Derwent Power Station is the third plant to inhabit the site. The original plant, Spondon A Power Station, was built in the 1920s. An additional station, Spondon H was built in 1959 along side the existing plant. The station had a capacity of 30 MW and was primarily designed to produce steam for the Celanese plant. Spondon A was closed in the early 1980s.

Derwent Power Station opened in 1995 when four General Electric gas turbines were erected on adjacent land. The gas turbines were capable of producing enough steam to not only supply the Celanese plant, but also drive the three turbines of Spondon H. As a result, the coal fired boilers of Spondon H were taken offline and decommissioned, but the existing turbines were retained.

1.Derwent Power Station.




Closure of Celanese and Derwent Power Plant

The closure of the British Celanese factory spelled the end for Derwent Power Station and Spondon H's turbines. The majority of the power produced by the plant was supplied directly to the factory, along with the steam. High prices for gas meant gas-fired stations supplying the National Grid were being taken offline, so retention as a supplier for residential use was not an option. The station closed in 2012 along with the Celanese plant.

Derwent Power Station

Derwent Power Station is the newest part of the site - a gas fired plant which supplied steam to Celanese and the turbines of Spondon H.

2. Welcome...



3. Symmetry.



4. Pipes.



5. Between Gas Units 1 & 2.



6. The belly of the beast.




Spondon H Boiler House

The boiler house of Spondon H was decommissioned when the Derwent gas plant was built. As a result there is quite a bit of decay in here.

7. Derpy boiler house.



8. Switchgear.



9. English Electric.



10. Coal loader level.



11 & 12.



13. Between the coal chutes.



14. Coal Conveyors.



15. Vertigo.



16. Boilers.



17. Base of the boiler house.



18. Boiler door.



19. Steam pipes




Spondon H Turbine Hall and Control Room

Although originally built along with the boiler house, the turbines were in use until the power station closed, so are in much better condition than the boiler house.

20. Turbine.



21. Turbine.



22. Turbine.



23. Turbine Hall.



24. Steam pipes in turbine hall.



25. Turbine hall from above.



26. Inside the turbine enclosure.



27. Metropolitan Vickers generator.



28. Metropolitan Vickers detail.



29. Control room.



30. Control room




 

DirtyJigsaw

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WOW. Nice set of pics there Andy as always. What a great location too. Is this the place you mentioned that day we met up in London?

 

AndyK!

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WOW. Nice set of pics there Andy as always. What a great location too. Is this the place you mentioned that day we met up in London?
Thank you mate. That could have been one of several!

 

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I've been waiting for someone else to crack this spot...my mate who visited it a year or so ago managed to attract a massive police response including helicopters pursuing them after they escaped which somehow they managed to get away from.

 

AndyK!

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I've been waiting for someone else to crack this spot...my mate who visited it a year or so ago managed to attract a massive police response including helicopters pursuing them after they escaped which somehow they managed to get away from.
I read that in their report - having that in the back of your mind adds to the excitement when visiting!

 

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I need this kind of buzz again. Great set (y)

 

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Credit where credit due you two. All about number 3 for me, exterior colours of this place is cool as.

 

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well done , got to love them old Metro Vickers turbines :)

 
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