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Report - Lostock Power Station, Cheshire - November 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by thompski, Nov 9, 2010.

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    Northwich and the surrounding Cheshire countryside is built on a vast bed of rock salt, and the town is one of three places in the UK where salt mining takes place, which received much media attention during the snow storms in the infant days of this new decade and the mines inability to produce enough salt to grit the roads. As a result of this mining, other industrial concerns emerged in the area particularly Brunner Mond whom operate three large chemical works in the town, one of which is Lostock.

    Lostock Power Station's history is a little vague, judging by the 'Brick cathedral' architecture, I'm going to assume it was built between the 30s and 50s, and while I assume it supplied power to the adjacent works, it compares in size to National grid stations of that period. It was decommissioned in 2000. A controversial proposal involves building a waste burning power station on the site.

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    I've always had a thing for power stations, however never found the time or money to travel to find them apart from a jaunt to the now demolished Thornton Power Station in Blackpool last year. James recently acquired the ability to operate a automobile, so tagged along with him and Raptor Jesus to Northwich. As a result of visiting Thornton I found myself comparing and contrasting these stations. Thornton had a smaller footprint however was markedly taller, and everything was integrated into a single building, however Lostock is split into two buildings linked by a bridge. Upon squeezing into the building, our first stop was the Turbine building...

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    And over to the boiler building....
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    And finally, the control room
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