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  1. History “Originally the station [Otahuhu A] was designed to be maintenance free but this proved to be a fallacy early on. Although we all knew very little about gas turbines, we learnt quickly that there was a great team environment” (Allen Morrison, former generation technician). Otahuhu Power Station is located in Otara, in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The site holds two decommissioned plants: Otahuhu A and Otahuhu B. Otahuhu A, a gas turbine plant, was constructed in the 1960s. When it became operational in 1968, it had four 45 MW gas turbine units and, for three years, it contained the largest turbines in Australasia. Two additional units using Rolls-Royce Olympus gas turbines were installed in 1978, to cope with the demands of a rapidly expanding city. The turbines in Otahuhu A were retired from electricity generation in the late 1990s. However, they remained in service to provide reactive power to Transpower NZ, the owner of the national grid. Active power is the energy used to power our homes and various devices, while reactive power is used to regulate voltage in an electrical power system. This prevents damage, such as the overheating of generators and motors, reduces transmission losses and helps to maintain the ability of the system to withstand and prevent voltage collapse. The turbines were finally decommissioned in November 2013. The Otahuhu B site was commissioned in January 2000 at a cost of $350 million. It was a natural gas combined cycle plant that used a Siemens V94.3A(2) gas turbine in single-shaft configuration. When it was first commissioned, the plant capacity was 385 MW; however, upgrades to the equipment had to be made in 2005 to increase the amount of electricity being produced by the plant. It’s capacity subsequently increased to 404 MW. Otahuhu B was still a relatively new plant when it closed its doors in September 2015 (it had only been run for half of its expected life). Sadly, of the thirty-three people working at the plant, fifteen were left without jobs, while the rest were transferred to other Contact sites. According to Contact Energy, the former owners of the site, the plant was turned off due to the increasing development of renewable energy across New Zealand, such as the new Te Mihi geothermal power station. One report also indicated that ‘New Zealand has a surplus of generating capacity at the moment and this means that generators have less control of the price. To make money they need to keep the system on the edge of a shortage. Shutting down Otahuhu is consistent with this objective.’ Otahuhu Power Station was sold to Stonehill Property Trust for $30 million in February 2016. Both plants are due to be cleaned of asbestos, dismantled and sold off as scrap. It is expected that the land will eventually be sold off for commercial and industrial use. Our Version of Events It recently came to our attention that the old Otahuhu Power Plant closed its doors back in 2015 and is now due to be demolished, so we decided to go have a wee look. Having heard that demo work was already in progress, though, we weren’t expecting to find much, especially after catching a rumour about the police blowing up the control room as part of a training exercise. Our first glimpses of the site showed our speculations to be accurate. Site A, the oldest part of the power station, is currently semi-demolished and it has many, many holes in it. Obviously, this made accessing it very easy, but we were a bit disappointed to find we’d missed out on our chance to see the turbines. Nevertheless, as with most power stations, there was still plenty of stuff lying around, so it wasn’t a complete waste of a journey. The control room was certainly interesting too, for it did indeed look like someone had lobbed a few grenades around in there. Nevertheless, after spending a good hour on the site, we decided we’d revisit the site during the day the following day, as it was difficult to take photos and not get caught waving torches around – especially when the building didn’t have much of a roof left. We returned the next day and gathered the snaps we’d been after. Then, we decided to head over to site B, the newer plant. At this point, we weren’t sure whether the site was closed or not, since there were two car parks nearby and they were full of cars. What is more, all of the lights were still on, and a few machines were still casually humming away. Yet, despite having initial reservations, we crept onto the site, albeit very slowly. The entire place looked like a live power station; it seemed as though it could be put back into operation tomorrow, and it felt like we were going to accidently bump into someone – a worker or security guard – at any moment. There was some evidence that demolition work might have begun from the outside, or at least some redecoration work, but we really weren’t sure which at this point. We must have been on the second site around two minutes before we noticed that we may have wandered directly into the path of a camera. That’s what worrying about bumping into workers does to you… Nevertheless, rather than run away we decided it would be worth the risk to crack on and get inside the main building. After all, opportunities like this only come round every so often. So, that’s what we did. In the end, we’re glad we did because inside we found ourselves surrounded by fine quality industrial porn. We spent the next forty minutes or so convinced security would be onto us at any moment, so every single sound made us stop in our tracks. As it turned out, though, no one turned up to give us a bollocking and escort us off site, so, all in all, it ended up being a great explore. Explored with Nillskill. Otahuhu A 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16: 17: 18: 19: 20: 21: 22: 23: 24: 25: 26: 27: 28: Otahuhu B 29: 30: 31: 32: 33: 34: 35: 36: 37: 38: 39: 40: 41: 42: 43: 44: 45: 46:
  2. Fife Power Station was a gas fired power station located in Cardenden, Fife and was a gas-fired station that was able to generate a combined cycle output of 109MW. The site was bought out by Scottish and Southern Energy for £12.3 million which secured the work of the 10 members of staff that worked that at the time until the station closed in March 2011. This was the second explore of the day and after being sat in the car for an eternity it was good to have a mooch around this place to stretch off. A fair bit of the site has now been demolished and whats left is far from working condition but was still a worthwhile visit added to the road trip! Cheers for looking!!
  3. How to post a report using Flickr Flickr seems to change every time the wind changes direction so here's a quick guide on how to use it to post a report... Step 1 - Explore and take pictures Step 2 - Upload your chosen pictures to Flickr like this.. Step 3 - Once your images are successfully uploaded to flickr choose a category for the location that you have visited... Step 4 - Then "Start New Topic".. You will then see this screen... Step 5 - Now you are ready to add the image "links", known as "BBcodes", which allow your images to display correctly on forums.. Step 6 - Then click "select" followed by "view on photo page".. Now select "Share" shown below.. Step 7-13 - You will then see this screen... Just repeat those steps for each image until you're happy with your report and click "submit topic"! You can edit your report for 24 hours after posting to correct errors. If you notice a mistake outside of this window contact a moderator and they will happily rectify the problem for you
  4. So, we were at the top of the Blast Furnace, and @SpiderMonkey calls me over. "That chimney looks familiar, just like Littlebrook.... You don't think it's a....." Looking at the not too distant building, I thought the same thing, "Yep, looks like one to me too". A few minutes later we're having a look around the building and finding a way in to the power station. The station has six turbines in total, with three different designs of varying ages. Fuelled by a combination of blast furnace gas and coke oven gas, both by-products of the steel-making processes. Before we left we had a quick hunt around for the control room. Looking through a door into a nice clean, well lit corridor we knew we were close so we opened the door and headed in. No sooner had we took one step we heard whistling. We froze and then quickly reversed. As the corridor's door closed I saw through the window a man dressed in overalls walk out of a side-room and turn towards us. Amazingly he didn't spot us and presumably he didn't think anything odd about the door at the end of the corridor closing on it's own. So, no control room shots which is a shame as I suspect this place will have a nice one. Quite a happy find with @SpiderMonkey and @Jamie_P. Not as many pictures as I'd have liked due to taking an empty spare battery, oops, but monkey boy will have more soon 1. Boiler house 2. Boiler House - gas feeds at the top 3. Boiler House 4. Boiler house 5. Blast furnace gas pipe - love this retro signage 6. Switch bank 7. Turbine hall 8. Old turbines 9. Big silver turbines 10. Turbine hall 11. One of the more modern turbines. 12. Things. 13. These turbines appeared to have been out of commission for a while 14. View from crane 15. Turbines
  5. Went with SK, Miss_anthrope and one non member Everyone knows the history but a quick copy and paste from Battersea.org The proposal to site a large power station on the south bank of the River Thames at Battersea in 1927 caused a storm of protest that raged for years. Questions were raised in Parliament about pollution which might harm the paintings in the nearby Tate Gallery and the parks and "noble buildings of London". Now Battersea Power Station is one of the best loved landmarks after serving London with electricity for 50 years. In the UK during the 1920s electricity was supplied by numerous private companies who built small power stations for individual industries with some of the surplus power generated going to the public supply. There was a bewildering variety of incompatible systems, high cost and jealous competition between the numerous companies. This chaotic situation caused Parliament to decree that electricity generation should be a single unified system under public ownership.It was to be another 30 years before the electricity supply was nationalised. In the interim the formation of the London Power Company was a response by private owners to delay the imposition of public ownership. Set up in 1925 it took up Parliaments recommendation that electricity generation should be in fewer, larger power stations. This led directly to the building of the first super station, to produce 400,000 kilowatts, in Battersea. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was commissioned to design the building. His other buildings include Liverpool Cathedral, Bankside Power Station, Waterloo Bridge and the classic red telephone box. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Just a mess around photo to see what it looks like and if people like it!!!!!! 10. 11. 12. thanks for looking guys hope you enjoy it
  6. Had the chance to revisit everyone's favourite power station a few months ago. Yep, still doable! It was good to get in and grab some shots with the lights on. Nothing you haven't seen before, with the possible exception of some original Control Room Feeder Log Sheets we found in there - Dated November 1977 1. The huge control room 2. Control panels 3. Central command desks 4. Control desk 5. Control desks 6. Control desk 7. Central command desk 8. Mission control! 9. Comms system and papers 10. Papers on the desk 11. Feeder Log Sheets 12. Original paperwork from 1977 13. Synchroscope 14. Amp meter detail 15. Power Factor Meter 16. Back of control panels And in case you are wondering what the rest of the place looks like now - here's a crappy phone shot showing the scaffolding. The entire centre area was crammed full with more scaff than you possibly imagine! 17. Scaffolding inside turbine hall
  7. History The New Plymouth Power Station, located at Port Taranaki, is a former thermal power station and was fuelled dually by both gas and oil; it was originally designed to produce power using coal until the Maui gas field was discovered off the coast of Taranaki. The plant was commissioned in 1974, to meet the rising electricity demands across New Zealand, and by the late 1970’s it became one of the largest power plants in the country. By this time the plant housed five identical units, comprising of boilers, provided by ICL of Derby (UK), and steam turbines, from C. A. Parsons of Newcastle (UK). For cooling processes, the plant made use of both seawater and hydrogen. At the start of the millennium, though, discussions surrounding the plant’s future were held, due to rising concerns around its environmental efficiency and the general age of the site and its technology. New Plymouth Power Station was later decommissioned in 2008 after the discovery of asbestos in the thermal insulation, although part of the site was temporarily reinstated in the same year due to poor rainfall, resulting in a shortage of power as lake inflows for other hydro power stations were insufficient to meet the general supply and demand. The New Plymouth Power Station, and others like it, often played a pivotal role in sustaining the supply of power across New Zealand in drier years. Our Version of Events We left the city of Hamilton just as it was growing dark, having decided that New Plymouth didn’t look all that far away on the map; it was only a finger’s length after all. Day rapidly transformed into night, but with determination and an incredible amount of caffeine, we pressed on. Despite nearly running out of fuel – risky business in a country that doesn’t know what a service station is – we survived and made it to New Plymouth in the middle of the night. But, that’s when the real adventure began. We had to navigate our way down the sea cliff, towards the beach where we were greeted by a mob of angry seals. Getting past them initially proved effortless, it was only on the way out that a rather large one caused Zort to shit himself and leap, much like an Olympic triple jumper, into my arms. Needless to say, we managed to avoid being eaten, and enjoyed another disappointing night’s sleep in the car. The explore itself, at first, seemed more like a catastrophic disaster zone, with bits of turbine lying outside the plant. Inside the situation was not much better, as pipes and ladders were bent and distorted and layers of think dust coated absolutely everything. Demolition is going smoothly it would appear. The highlight of the explore, though, was the control room. Having stumbled upon this, after feeling defeated in the mutual agreement that access was blocked, was an ecstatic moment; and to make the situation ever better, the controls were switched on! The sound of several machines humming softly in the background felt like music to the ears. Explored with Nillskill and Zort. 1: New Plymouth Power Station (from the clifftop) 2: Oil Burning Plant Internal Combustion Ltd. 3: Mangled pipes and valves 4: Into the depths of pipes and workings 5: Over the wall 6: Climbable tanks 7: 'Demolition in progress' side 8: Crumpled ladder 9: Very large ropes 10: Staircase leading to control rooms (eventually) 11: Walkway/observation platform 12: The carnage 13: The whole former turbine room 14: Empty spaces 15: Rusting barrel 16: The control room 17: One of the main control desks 18: Controls left on 19: Working control panels 20: Computer space 21: Unit 2 22: Smaller control desk 23: Additional controls 24: Machine with paper behind protective glass 25: Smaller machines with paper 26: Emergency radio 27: Some negative vibes 28: Many more switches 29: Evacuation alarm 30: Small monitor (one of several around the room)
  8. Willington Cooling Towers The Explore Stopped off here with Fatpanda and Raz a few weeks ago on the way home from our primary targets and the sheer size of them amazed me. I would highly recommend giving these an hour of your time if you're ever in the area. The echo was crazy too, I spent quite a while shouting expletives upwards to amusingly hear them rebounding around The History Robbed from Paulpowers In the 1950s, two coal-fired power stations were built on a site off Twyford Road, between Willington and Findern. The stations were privatized and sold to National Power in the early 1990s and eventually closed in the mid-1990s. Although most of the stations were demolished at the turn of the millennium, the five cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. The site is earmarked for a large residential development, pending the results of a public inquiry. The construction plans have been met with local opposition, perhaps due to the site's proximity to the River Trent's flood plain. In the mid-1990s a pair of peregrine falcons nested in one of the site's huge cooling towers. Unlike many bird of prey breeding sites, this was widely publicized because of its impregnable location. The Pictures 1. I had to walk back about 40 miles to get these massive feckers in frame with my kit lens... 2. Just to give a bit of scale to these massive towers... 3. 4. 5/6. 7. 8. 9. 10. As always cheers for looking and feedback always appreciated
  9. Construction of Chernobyl's reactors number 5 & 6 continued throughout the night of the explosion at the 4th nuclear power plant. If the glow of the fire wasn't visible from the upper levels then as dawn broke the smoke must have been. Despite the disaster unfolding next door at 8am that morning the 286 construction workers of the day shift clocked on. Construction work on 5 and 6 was soon stopped but resumed again on the 10th October 1986. Six months later on the 24 April 1987 work was once again halted and on May 23 1989 the decision was made not to complete the reactors. Reactor 5 was approximately 70% complete at the time of the accident. The 6th was scheduled for completion in 1994. When functioning Reactors 5 and 6 would have been capable of producing 1,000 MWs each. This was a highlight of the trip, somewhere none of us were expecting to see and a crazy experience involving many sketchy obstacles. Definitely not one for the faint hearted, some of the rusty staircases and ladders would've made a whore blush (sorry I couldn't think of the right metaphor). Then we had to balance on wobbly beams with drops disappearing into the darkness to reach the reactor room. Still amazed that we were allowed to go up there in all honesty but it's a different set of rules over there. The tourist trade has been slow since the conflict with Russia began so the guides were keen to impress. Hope you enjoy the pics. 1. Our first look at the place the day we arrived in the zone 2. On the approach we had no idea we would be allowed to climb to the top 3. One of many rusty old cranes surrounding the plant 4. 5. 6. Construction materials strewn everywhere on the ground 7. Some of the better steps and ladders.... 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. A collapsed crane lies on it's side below 13. 14. Some of the sketchier ladders.... 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. This was the room where the nuclear reactors were destined to be placed 22. A murky view across to reactors 1, 2, 3 & 4 Cheers for looking
  10. What went down There is currently an event taking place for the duration of the summer called the 'Power of Summer' directly in front of Battersea Power station. It includes an open-air cinema, street food stalls and bars. I went along with Sentinel and extreme_ironing for a couple of beers and food and it wasn't long before we were looking up towards the chimneys wishing we were up there. This wasn't the plan by the way but we got excited at being so close and figured it would be rude not to at least have a go. We literally went to find the toilet and at some point must have taken a wrong turn because the next thing we knew we were inside Control Room A We just did control room A and had a mooch around on the roof as getting to B seems to be impossible now. It was an eventful evening capped with a great escape of epic proportions, this is definitely the explore that just keeps on giving....and this night goes up there as one of my most memorable ones Some history.... Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames in Battersea, South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s and first operated in 1933, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s operating first in 1953. Both stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II listed. It is the largest brick building in Europe and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor. However, the building's condition has been described as "very bad" by English Heritage and is included in it's Heritage at Risk Register. Since the station's closure the site has remained largely unused, with numerous failed redevelopment plans from successive site owners. In July 2012, the power station was sold to a consortium led by Malaysia's SP Setia for £400 million. In January 2013 the first residential apartments went on sale. Construction on Phase 1 began in 2013, with completion due in 2016/17. My piccie wiccies: I concentrated specifically on photographing the finer details on this visit so hopefully that will make this report a bit different..... The cinema - "you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris?" The old cranes, this event is a good opportunity to get up close.... Control Room A Thanks for looking
  11. After the vintage delights of Dr Dents, it was time for the 'main event'!... Another 3 and a half hours drive and I was there, a few hours kip and up with the lark! And what a setting!! Picture postcard German valley cloaked in mist and thick with forest, alive with sounds of the dawn chorus, but I'm not here for the resident nature! So after brisk walk I was soon in and face to face with this... ...CYKLONKESSEL... As always, thanks for looking!!
  12. History Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London. On 7 June 2012 it was sold to SP Setia and Sime Darby. In January 2013 the first residential apartments went on sale. Construction on Phase 1 is due to commence in 2013, with completion due in 2016/17. Visit Myself and The_Raw had been looking at doing this for a few weeks, A daytime visit a week before showed the way The night came for us to go in, Text came in saying forget about it, the access is locked down. Myself and The_Raw were not prepared to be outdone and thinking of another possible route, headed for that option. Once onto the site it was a fun time trying to read the maps kindly given to us, but since we had been up all day on another explore we were a bit brain dead, but after a while we sorted our heads out and got sorted with the access points into both Control Room A & B A second visit was needed as we wasted a lot of time the first time around, which provided a less stressful scenario and gave me an opportunity to act up a little bit to make The_Raw feel a little uncomfortable (not for the first time) Things are moving fast, even after a few days the ground floor route to Control Room B had changed.
  13. The Icon of Power Battersea Power Station As the iconic four chimneys and the shell of Battersea Power Station begin a phase of redevelopment we decided it was time to get down to London and take a look around the place. Everyone will instantly recognise the exterior, but few have seen the Art Deco 'Control room A', or the later stainless steel 'Control Room B'. Even fewer get to see the Directors Entrance, we were unlucky enough to have that pleasure - read on... History Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed. Read the rest of the Wikipedia description if you want to know more. 1. External - on the roof Our Visits I have had two visits to Battersea, the first with Kriegaffe 9, Mars Lander, Sshhhh..., and our guides Dan and Andy. After a lengthy drive down to London the excitement started to build as we weaved between the buildings of the capital and the four chimneys eventually came into sight, looming over us looking as imposing and impenetrable as ever. Nerves starting to build as we notice the lights shining inside the huge shell of the building. 20 minutes later and we're looking up at those huge chimneys from the base of the immense brick façade. We make our way towards Control Room A and realise that entry into the Art Deco heart of the building isn't going to be an easy affair. Knowing what awaits us we push onwards and upwards, only hoping that dicing with death is worth it... It was! 2. View from the roof Unfortunately we didn't manage to get into Control Room B on the first visit due to pesky workmen deciding they wanted to work around there. How dare they! A revisit was required! Visit two, in the company of Proj3ctM4yh3m, Mr T, Magpie Tommie, Darbians and Zee Ze, we start off with some shots across the city and head inside to hit up Control Room B. The stainless steel heaven glistens under the workmens lights, and we finally head back to A side for some more shots of the darker of the tw control rooms. Once the buffet had been devoured we crack on with some shots. The lights come on! WTF!! We all glance a each other, knowing what's about to happen. The shadow moving across the back wall is followed by a cheery secuirty guard who is as surprised to find us in there as we were to see him! The 'official' way out is much easier! Mr secca allows us to get some shots of the Directors Entreance on the way down, and kindly let us grab some externals while we await the arrival of the police On with the pics... 3. Conrol Room A 4. Mission Control 5. Wall of Control 6. The Directors Doors 7. Directors Lift 8. Control Room B 9. Control Desk 10. Control Panel 11. Control Panel Detail 12. Synchroscope 13. The Jacuzzi 14. Us "leaving"... Oops! Thanks for reading my first report. I've only ever posted individual shots before, so you may recognise some from the Facebook group.
  14. The East Yelland Power Station was once an operational coal-fired electricity production plant located in a partially hidden area on the estuary, next to the tarka trail. The power station was one of only two located to the west of Hinkley Point. The power station was opened on 21 April 1955 by Lord Fortescue. In March 1984, it was announced by the Central Electricity Generating Board that the power station would close by the end of October that year. Fuel for the power station was obtained from coal mines in South Wales, and was transported across the Bristol Channel onto a jetty specially constructed for the power station. However, due to the closure of the coal mines in the 1980s, coal would be more expensive to obtain from other areas of the country. Therefore, it was more economical to close the power station. Today, most of the power station, which covered an area of 3.1ha, has been demolished.