If you walk along the Sheffield canal it gets very interesting under the M1 viaduct at Tinsley, as nature and industry collide. At one bit Sheffield had a coal generating power station by the side of the M1 until 1980 at this point.
Two of the cooling towers couldn’t be demolished for another 28 years due to their proximity to the M1 viaduct. The towers became a land mark, but the promised replacement for them has never materialised. The cooling towers appear in “Among Giants” if you want to see them, starring Pete Postlethwaite, the follow up to the “Full Monty”.
EON have built a Bio mass plant on the site of the old power station. The old coal power station only generated 78 Megawatts of electricity, which was enough to power 78,000 homes. Bearing in mind this was in a very industralised area, it wasn’t exactly a large capacity for the heavy industry in the region. There used to be 6 Electric arc furnaces close by on Sheffield rd, this was the biggest melting shop in the world and I always wondered where they got all the power from for this.
The new Bio mass plant on the site only generates 28 Megawatts, which seems strange as the original coal power station wasn’t big enough.
Drax is the largest coal fired power station in the UK and generates 4,000 megawatts, enough to power 4,000,000 homes.
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