Darlington Power Station


Darlington Power Station
Darlington Power Station

Darlington railway station with the power station in the background
Darlington Power Station is located in County Durham
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Location of Darlington Power Station
Official name Darlington power station
Country England
Location County Durham, North East England
Coordinates 54°31′43″N 1°32′44″W / 54.5285°N 1.5456°W / 54.5285; -1.5456Coordinates: 54°31′43″N 1°32′44″W / 54.5285°N 1.5456°W / 54.5285; -1.5456
Commission date 1900
Decommission date 1976
Operator(s) Central Electricity Generating Board
Power station information
Primary fuel Coal-fired
grid reference NZ295149

Darlington power station refers to a series of two coal-fired power stations situated in Darlington in County Durham, North East England.

History

The first station was opened on the town's Haughton Road in 1900. It was positioned alongside the East Coast Main Line for the easy delivery of coal. The station needed replacing in the 1930s, and so a new station was built on the site. The station's construction cost £324,000, but was marred by numerous accidents and deaths. The new station opened in May 1940. It had three large hyperboloid reinforced concrete cooling towers and three brick built chimneys.[1] The station had a generating capacity of 57 megawatts (MW).[2] The Central Electricity Generating Board gave 12 months notification of the station's closure in October 1975.[3] The station closed the following year, on 25 October 1976.[2] The cooling towers were demolished on 28 January 1979, and the chimneys were demolished in 1982.[1]

References


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