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English Electric Co: Electricity Generation and Transmission

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Turbine-generator nameplate, Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry
English Electric turbine-generator unit, ex-Back o' th' Bank Power Station, at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry
1922. Condenser.
1922. Condensers.
1926. Steam Turbines.
1926. Water Turbines.
1929. 132 kV transformer with on-load tap changing gear.
November 1945.
May 1950.
1955. Armature of a motor with peak rating of 17,500 HP.[1]
1955. 275,000-volt High Power transformer.[2]
1955. Electric motors in a steel works.[3]

Note: This is a sub-section of English Electric Co


1919 English Electric bought the Stafford works of Siemens Brothers Dynamo Works.

1930 Three sets of automatic substation equipment for the Ise Electric Railway of Japan, each susbstation having a capacity of 4 MW, with four 1 MW rotary converters.[4]

High-resolution 1950 photo of rotary rectifier at Jervois Quay, New Zealand, here.

1950s Was part of the consortium Atomic Power Construction Company Ltd, which built the Sizewell 'A' and Hinkley Point 'A' nuclear power stations.

1958 A new company was formed, English Electric, Babcock and Wilcox and Taylor Woodrow Atomic Power Construction Co Ltd, which would complete the Hinkley 'A' contract[5]

1965 Largest order ever for gas-turbine alternator plant; ordered by the CEGB for installation at Cottam, Didcot and Rugeley power stations to provide auxiliary power and peak-lopping capabilities; the plant would be assembled at Whetstone[6]

1966 Partner in the new Nuclear Design and Construction company

c.1968 The turbo-generators business became part of English Electric-AEI Turbine Generators. It subsequently became GEC Turbine-Generators, then GEC-Alsthom, then ALSTOM. What remains, at Willans Works, Rugby, is currently owned by GE.

Examples of UK Power Stations with English Electric Steam Turbine-Generators

Note: Includes turbines made by Willans and Robinson.

PS = Power Station
TA = Turbine-alternator unit
HP =High Pressure
LP = Low Pressure
Dates are, generally, approximate commissioning dates

Note: Many power stations contained turbine-generators from a variety of makers. Only EE Co sets listed below.

Back o' th' Bank Power Station (Bolton): 12.5 MW TA (1923). Displayed at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry, but access to the public is now denied.

Bankside Power Station: One 120 MW TA (1963)

Barnes PS: Two 1.5 MW, one 3.5 MW TA

Belvedere PS (Kent): Four 60 MW TAs (1960)

Blackburn East Power Station: Two 10 MW TAs (1921). Replaced by one 32 MW TA (1942-3). One 42 MW TA (1945-6); one 42 MW TA (1952); one 42 MW TA (1954-5). Closed 1976 [7]

Blackburn Meadows PS (Sheffield): Two 30 MW TAs

Blackwall Point PS: Three 30 MW TAs (1951-2)

Blyth 'B': Two 275 MW and two 350 MW TAs (1962-6)

Bradford PS: One 20 MW, two 30 MW TAs

Bromborough PS: Four 52.5 MW TAs (1951-2)

Cockenzie PS: Four 300 MW TAs

Dounreay PFR: One 250 MW TA

Fleetwood PS: Three 30 MW TA (1955)

Fulham PS: One 60 MW TA

Hinkley Point 'A' Nuclear PS: Six 93.5 MW TAs, three 30 MW variable frequency TAs

Huddersfield PS: Two 20 MW TA

Kodak Ltd, Harrow: Two 3.6 MW, one 5 MW TA (1960s - 1970s?)

Leicester (Freeman's Meadow): One 25 MW, one 1.5 MW TA

Lincoln Spa Road PS: One 750 kW Willans-Westinghouse coupled to a rotary convertor producing DC

Longannet PS (Fife): Four 300 MW TA (1970-3)

Mexborough PS: Four 30 MW TAs (1945 - 1957)

Percival Lane PS: Three 30 MW TAs

Reading PS One 3.75 MW TA

Ribble PS (Preston): 'A' Station - Four 15 MW TAs, 6.6 kV (1925); 'B' Station - four 31.5 MW, TAs, 11 kV (1943-4)

Salisbury PS: One 0.75, one 0.55 MW TA, 11 kV

Stafford PS: Two 3 MW, 6.6 kV (1925-7)

Stourport PS: 'A' Station: Three 30 MW TAs; 'B' Station. 'B' Station: two 60 MW TAs, 11 kV. TA2, when commissioned in 1954, had the most advanced steam conditions of any turbine in the UK's public supply system, at 1500 psi, 1050°F

Thornhill PS (Dewsbury): Two 30 MW TAs, 10.5 kV (1932–37); three 45 MW TAs, 10.5 kV

Treforest Power Station: 16 MW TA (1927)

Warrington PS: Three 20 MW TAs (commissioned 1940, 1944 and 1946)

West Ham 'B' PS: Four 30 MW TAs (1950s)

Much of the above information is from Wikipedia entries for former power stations in England.

Examples of Overseas Power Stations with English Electric Steam Turbine-Generators

Athens, St. George's Bay PS: Three 15 MW TAs and Transformers (c.1929)

Budapest: Three 23 MW and one 2.1 MW turbines, to drive Ganz generators.

Dhranghadra State Chemical Works: 1125 kW back pressure TA (1927)[8]

J. Clark Keith PS (Ontario): Four 66 MW TAs (1950s)[9]

Pretoria West PS (South Africa): Six 30 MW TA (1952)[10]

Rooiwal PS (South Africa): Five 60 MW TAs (1963)

Vales Point PS (Australia): Three 200 MW TAs (early 1960s)

White Bay PS (NSW, Australia): Two 18.75 MW TAs (1927-8)

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955
  2. Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955
  3. Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955
  4. [1] The Engineer, 21 March 1930
  5. The Times, May 05, 1958
  6. The Times Mar. 3, 1965
  7. [2] Wikipedia
  8. [3] The Engineer, 14 Jan 1927
  9. Advert in New Scientist, 18 Dec 1958
  10. [4] Global Energy Observatory: Individual Units for Coal in South Africa