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Report - East Perth Power Station AUS - November 2012

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Merlin, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Merlin

    Merlin 28DL Full Member
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    This was a non planned visit so was more than a recce, we managed to find a way into the grounds, however the main building (undergoing renovation) was very secure, and being in the city next to roads we didn't want to stay too long. We were able to look around a section of the site, and will return more organised so we could try and gain access to the tower section.

    The Power Station was constructed between 1913 and 1916 by the Western Australian State Government, which announced that the facility would generate all the electricity needed in the Perth Metropolitan area. The site of East Perth was chosen because coal could easily be delivered there by rail and because the enormous quantities of cooling water required by the condensing plant could easily be drawn from the Swan River. Construction was completed at a total cost of £538,000.
    In the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s new power generators were added to the facility to meet the city's growing demand for power. By 1948 the station had an array of power generating sources.
    In 1968 the station converted from coal to oil, but six years later returned to coal firing. The station was decommissioned and closed in December 1981, as more advanced and cheaper methods of electricity generation made the facility redundant.
    The East Perth Power Station is considered to be one of the State's most significant industrial heritage buildings. It includes a range of remnant machinery and equipment that is believed to be unique in the world because it contains the five different stages of power generation technology that occurred in the 20th century.

    This is the restored exterior of the main hall.

    At the end of the hall is the tower.

    Tower from a different angle. I think this has something to do with moving coal from where it is stored to the main building.

    Looking up inside.

    After climbing up 15ft there was this relic.

    Next building along, this is a pump.

    Name plate on the pump.

    A fuse board inside the pump room.

    Some of the concreate railings.

    I think this structure is a chute for the coal.

    Hope you enjoy, looking at planning another visit with some climbing equipment.
    More picshttp://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/saldorri/library/East%20Perth%20power%20station
    #1 Merlin, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012

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