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Report (Permission Visit) Ferrybridge Power Station - September 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Raz, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
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    Ferrybridge power station is situated on the River Aire, in West Yorkshire. It is the third coal-fired power station to be built on the site since 1924. The power station, often referred to as 'Ferrybridge C', first fed electricity into the national grid in February of 1966.

    Following a comprehensive review of its coal-fired power stations, SSE has taken the difficult decision to close Ferrybridge Power Station by 31st March 2016.

    Costs at the 48-year-old power station have been rising due its age and environmental legislation, and it is forecast to lose £100m over the next five years. This financial situation, combined with the political consensus that coal has a limited role in the future, means keeping the station open is not sustainable


    Ferrybridge C has two 198m (650ft) high chimneys and eight 115m (380ft) high cooling tower, which are the largest of their kind in Europe.

    Unit One (490MW) and Unit Two (490MW) at Ferrybridge power station were opted out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), and turned off once they used up their allowed 20,000 operating hours at the end of March 2014.

    Unit Three (490MW) and Unit Four (490MW) have been retrofitted with Flue-gas Desulphurisation (FGD) technology to enable them to comply with the LCPD. They have also been opted-in to the Transitional National Plan under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) which provides a number of alternative options for how they will operate through to at least the end of June 2020. SSE has not made a decision on how the plant will operate and this will depend on market conditions and the effects of any future capacity mechanism.




    Having lived within throwing distance of Ferrybridge nearly all my life and passing it god knows how many times I had always wanted to see the inside, obviously I have seen pictures of it before but seeing it with my own eyes was pretty epic, and standing on top of the cooling towers was pretty special!

    I got rather lucky with this one I was in my dads shop when I got talking to a boss from the power station and he offered to let me go and have a look around the place, I snapped up the chance and headed over asap! Big thanks to him as he took most of the day off to show me around :thumb

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    The control room looked like the inside of a UFO (not that I've been in one :D)

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  2. Raz

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    The turbine hall and control room were pretty epic but going to the top of the cooling towers on a rickety bit of scaffolding was awesome! :D


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    Cheers to the two lads who took me up before they clocked off for the day :thumb

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    Not fun unhooking off the lift and onto the ladder whilst the lift was wobbling :eek:

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    Cheers for looking :)​
     
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    Awesome stuff.
    Love the control room.
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    I wonder who"s gonna say .....but it"s not proper exploring if it"s permissive :confused:

    Top shelf stuff matey no doubt :thumb loving the pics and as for the Cooling Tower trip on the window cleaners rig :Not Worthy Fuck that you got bigger Balls than me ;)

    Can"t turn down opportunities like that you lucky Bugger. And at least we"ll have inside information for the next visit :thumb

    All that"s missing is 20 odd years of pigeon crap in the control room ;)
     
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    Firstly, :thumb , secondly :thumb, thirdly ....:D
    Nice not to have worry 'bout secca & if 20 years of pigeon :turd makes it an explore ... :eek: ehhh, not to close there, mate!
     
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    Cracking report, the photography is spot on mate. I hope the boss of the power St is ok with you posting images on the net….
     
  8. norfolkexplorer

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    Top dollar mate :)
     
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    Loving this doesnt bother me if its a permission visit and cracking pics to boot. Well done that man.
     
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    OMG that control room!! Nice work wangling permission here mate.
     
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    made my day this.
     
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    That's nice. I'm very jealous :D
     
  13. Speed

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    Opportunitys like that don't come along often. Did you ask him for the makers plate off that turbine!? I'd would have :p
     
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    amazing! thanks for sharing!
     
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    This is brilliant! So good to see something like this in the daylight

    I thought exactly the same
     
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