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Report - New Plymouth Power Station, New Plymouth - October 2014

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by WildBoyz, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    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.

    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 Urbex Central NZ; Nillskill and Zort. All credit to Nillskill and his ceaseless determination on this one.

    1: New Plymouth Power Station (From Clifftop)

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    2: Oil Burning Plant Internal Combustion Ltd.

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    3: Mangled Pipes and Valves

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    4: Into the Depths of Pipes and Workings

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    5: Over the Wall

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    6: Climbable Tanks

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    7: 'Demolition in Progress' Side

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    8: Crumpled Ladder

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    9: Very Large Ropes

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    10: Staircase Leading to Control Rooms (Eventually)

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    11: Walkway/Observation Platform

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    12: The Carnage

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    13: The Whole Former Turbine Room

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    14: Empty Spaces

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    15: Rusting Barrel

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    16: The Control Room

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    17: One of the Main Control Desks

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    18: Controls Left On

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    19: Working Control Panels

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    20: Computer Space

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    21: Unit 2

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    22: Smaller Control Desk

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    23: Additional Controls

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    24: Machine with Paper Behind Protective Glass

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    25: Smaller Machines with Paper

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    26: Emergency Radio

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    27: Some Negative Vibes

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    28: Many More Switches

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    29: Evacuation Alarm

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    30: Small Monitor (One of Several Around the Room)

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    31: Keys Left Inside the Control Panel

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    32: Electricity

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    33: The Humming Machines

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    34: Not in the Dark Ages

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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Nice work mate, shame it's been stripped out, you just missed that I guess, who knows what it would have been like just a few months earlier. Control room is mint though to make up for it.
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Yeah, was hoping to see some turbines, but the control room definitely made it well worth it.
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Wow, great that the control room was on, looks ace. Shame it's being torn down. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Nice ones matey :thumb

    Nice pics and ditto the control tower very sci-fi esque :)

    Like the write up, rather be bit by a Secca dog than an angry Seal!

    Is there much left for you to do over there ? How about Dogs place, be ok if he catches you just believe he's Jesus and you'll be on yr way lol
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    That control room is a winner! Good stuff again. Enjoyed reading that.
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    That is awesome! The demo vehicles in the photos just show how big the plant was!
     
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    big fan of that control room!
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Nice cast ali sign, I hope that doesn't end up in the tat!
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Good to see another station, stripped or not, plenty of stuff left which almost makes up for the missing turb0nz, good effort :thumb
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Yes mate :thumb
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Nice!!!!! liking your pics there mate :thumb
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Very interesting. I was glad to see the gas detector panels - I used to work for J&S Sieger.

    Les.
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    That control room is amazing! It would have been awesome to see this before the demo started, there were 6 100mw Parsons sets in that turbine hall.
     
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    Re: New Plymouth Power Station - New Plymouth - October 2014

    Great write up and brilliant pics,enjoyed that a lot
     
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