Didcot B Power Station Fire

//Didcot B Power Station Fire

Didcot B Power Station Fire

Fire broke out on Sunday at one of the cooling stations at Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire.

At its peak, 25 fire engines and around 100 firefighters were tackling the blaze at the gas-fired station.

The fire caused the 1.3GW power station to be partially shut down although Energy Secretary Ed Davey said National Grid had assured him that there was no risk to energy supplies.

The Didcot B power station has been operating since 1997 and can supply power to up to one million homes, according to operators RWE npower. Currently 50% of its generating capacity is not available. “It is too early to give any definitive estimate of how long this will be,” a company spokesperson said.

Although National Grid have assured the Government that there will be no impact to energy supplies, any additional reduction to the UK’s operating at this time of year has the potential to cause power cuts. Local power protection is the only real solution giving you the assurance of continuous power

Thumbnail image courtesy of Dave Price [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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