Got invited by Slayaaa (cheers for that mate) We actually didn't get in the main building, which looked fantastic. So we settled for next door. Control room was cool, rumours that there are tunnels in there but we didn't find them, probably in the main building i guess.we visited Barking C Station
Full of pigeon shite
Full of pigeon shite
Brief bit of history
Barking A power station
Prior to the construction of Barking A Power Station, Barking Town Urban District Council operated its own small power station near its offices from 1897 until its closure in 1927. In 1920, the County of London Electric Supply Company applied for permission to build a power station at Creekmouth in Barking capable of expansion to 600 MW. The Barking A Station had 8 C.A. Parsons turbo-generators (4 x 40 MW and 4 X 20 MW) and 22 boilers, plus 2 dedicated reheat boilers. These were in two boiler houses, one being all chain grate boilers (6 B&W and 6 Yarrow) and the other being all pulverised fuel boilers (I.C.L.). Barking Power Station opened in 1925, and in 1927 it took over from the Barking Town Urban District Council station, providing a bulk electricity supply. When completed, the A station was the largest power station in Britain to have been built as a complete station at one time. The Yarrow boilers were scrapped in the early 1950s, their capacity being replaced by steam from the B station via a steam line and suitable regulating equipment. The pulverised fuel boilers were converted to oil firing around 1964.
The site of THE POWER station was chosen for easy delivery of coal from the Thames and by rail, as well as the abundant water supply and space on the site for expansion. A cable tunnel was constructed under the river to supply the south bank with electricity.
Barking B power station
Barking's original A station was extended by the building of the B station, which began to operate at full capacity in 1939. The capacity of the B Station was 303 MW with 4 x 75 MW B.T.H. turbo-generators plus a small house generator of 3.5 MW capacity. Steam conditions were 600 psig and 800'F. The B Station had 16 B&W chain grate boilers, each capable of producing 256,000 lbs steam per hour. These were arranged in two boiler houses, with 8 boilers in each. THE POWER station was transferred to the London Division of the British Electricity Authority in 1948. The B station closed on 15 March 1976, at which time its generating capacity was 144 megawatts.
Barking C power station
The British Electricity Authority built a third station at Creekmouth, which was completed in 1954. The station was closed on 26 October 1981, at which time its generating capacity was 220 MW. All three stations have since been demolished. The C Station had three B.T.H. 75 MW turbo-generators operating with steam conditions of 900 psig and 900'F. There were 6 B&W boilers, 5 being pulverised fuel and the sixth a cyclone furnace. The pulverised fuel boilers were converted to oil firing around 1960.