Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Thorpe Power Station

From Graces Guide

By the mid-1920s the Duke Street power station site in Norwich had reached limit for further expansion. Norwich Corporation decided to build a new power station at Thorpe on the southern outskirts of the city.

1926 The new power station was opened. Initially it consisted of a low-pressure (LP) coal-fired station with chain-grate boilers. The station had a rated output capacity of 40MW.

1937 A high-pressure (HP) power station was constructed adjacent to the LP station. It had a single 31 MW turbo-alternator.

1948 Nationalisation

By 1961 the LP station was rated at 42.5 MW (three 5 MW, one 12.5 MW, and one 15 MW British Thomson-Houston turbo-alternators) and the HP station at 31 MW.

1964 A fast-response oil-fired gas turbine plant was erected to the west of the HP/LP steam station, consisting of 4 gas turbine-alternators rated at 55 MW each.

1967 The LP station was decommissioned

1975 The HP station was decommissioned

1986 The gas turbines were decommissioned.


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