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Teesside Power Station
Eston, Middlesborough, North Yorkshire, UK
Teesside Power Station
associated engineer
Not known
date  April 1993
era  Modern  |  category  Power Generation  |  reference  NZ565204
photo  Jane Joyce
Once the world’s, but now Europe’s, largest combined heat and power (CHP) gas turbine power station, Teesside is known for creating its own microclimate. It supplies around 3 percent of the UK's electricity and can use natural gas, propane or naphtha as fuel.
Teesside Power Station occupies a 9 hectare site, and was constructed by 3,000 people in 29 months. It has a 1,875MW capacity. This output comes from eight 152MW 701DA gas turbines, each fitted with heat recovery steam generators, two 305MW steam turbines and one 43MW LM6000 gas turbine. There are two gas insulated substations, with 275kV connections to the National Grid, and three cooling towers.
In addition to electricity and heat, the station produces up to 800 tonnes per hour of process steam for the adjacent Wilton International chemical facility, and up to 2,000 tonnes per day of gas liquids (propane, butane and hydrocarbons). There is a gas pipeline connecting Teesside Power Station with the UK national gas transmission grid.
Controversial company Enron built the power station, although from 25th April 2008 it has been owned and operated by GDF SUEZ. Day to day operations are managed by px Limited. Member of Parliament, Mo Mowlem, opened the station’s visitor centre on 6th November 1998.
An explosion near one of the transformers in August 2001, during a maintenance closure, caused the deaths of three men and injured one man.
There are plans to upgrade the plant by replacing some of the original turbines with four 300MW gas turbines and two 340MW steam turbines. Total output would remain at 1,875MW.
Main contractors: Westinghouse, and Wimpey
701DA turbines, steam turbines and generators: Westinghouse
701DA turbines, steam turbines and generators: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
LM6000 turbine: General Electric
Heat recovery steam generators: Eriksen, and Nooter
Substations: ABB Ltd
Acoustic splitters: IAC
Research: ECPK

Teesside Power Station