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Report - Northwich/Lostock Steam Pipes - Jan 2014 -

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by georgie, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. georgie

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    these steam pipes carry excess steam produced from lostock power station to power the nearby winnington works a few miles away.

    some time ago the council approved plans for these pipes to be layed (when it belonged to ICI) all over Norwich for a few miles above and below ground,also over specially constructed pipe bridges (the most obvious one can be seen behind the Leicester street aldi.)

    the above information about what direction the steam travels may not be correct,ive read the steam is pumped from lostock power station to winnington works to give it power,and also ive read the steam is pumped from winnington works up to lostock for use in chemical heating processes,there are 2 sometimes 3 pipes running side by side so maybe one is for each of the aforementioned uses.

    pretty much chilled out mooch this,some sections easy to access,and some not so easy,clambering over fences etc etc to the delight of aldi shoppers and also the backs of shops where these pipes sometimes run ,the constant walking on top of these pipes really does take it out of you,the heat produced makes you sweat like a pikey with a mortgage.

    with brilliant various reports over the years involving lostock power station i thought id try something different on this

    visited solo (firstly october last year,and recently this month)


    i jumped in by the nearby wincham brook treatment plant on Manchester road,its at this point it leaves lostock power station and on its journey towards winnington works ,this was to take me down behind northwich retail park and industrial estate.
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    the pipes changed to a much thicker metal now....im assuming because of the flood warning that's why the insulation disappeared too
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    this took me down to some sort of disused bridge,behind a nearby United Utilities station

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    up top you could see the pipes started to raise up ready for lining up with new warrington road and going under the road surface
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    you can just make out in the distance plumes of steam rising from the exhaust valves

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    over wincham brook
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    the underground sections were heavily grilled,but looking at the pipe holes it would be impossible to have a bit of underground action anyway
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