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South Wales Electrical Power Distribution Co

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of Royal Chambers, Queen Street, Cardiff

1900 The company was incorporated by Act of Parliament. [1]

The original directors of the company were Archibald Hood (chairman), Robert Forrest, W. McLaren, Hugh Watts, Sir R. Sankey and J. Weston-Stevens.

1902 Construction started of the company's first power station at Pontypridd on the banks of the River Taff, one of the earliest central power stations in Britain (presumably this refers to what became known as Upper Boat Power Station); the station would be equipped with 5 generating sets each of 2,250kW, constructed by Willans and Robinson at Rugby, supplied with steam by 24 Niclausse boilers made by Willans and Robinson at Queen's Ferry near Chester; the generators were made by Ganz and Co of Budapest, and would produce 3-phase electricity at 12,000 volts[2]

1904 Commissioned the Treforest Power Station

1923 Company reorganised

by 1930 was owned by the South Wales Power Co which sold the company to the Shropshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire Electric Power Co[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Times May 1, 1902
  3. The Times Dec. 24, 1930