RWE Generation’s Littlebrook Power Station; still keeping the lights on at seventy-five

On yesterday’s anniversary of the 75th year of operation from the Littlebrook power station site, the station successfully completed tests required by National Grid to demonstrate its operational capability.

Unit 2 has successfully undergone its monthly ‘proving run’ under the terms of the contract of the Supplemental Balancing Reserve.

Kevin Nix, Head of RWE Generation UK added,” Littlebrook Power Station has a proud legacy of helping to keep the lights across the south-east and London, A successful test on the date of the site’s 75th anniversary is a unique opportunity to show that this station can still produce power efficiently and quickly when required. I would like to say thank you to all the men and women who have worked at Littlebrook over the past 75 years RWE Generation has worked hard to keep this site ready and available to provide flexible, reliable electricity when demand is at its highest.

The 1,140 MW oil-fired Littlebrook Power Station in Kent, is scheduled to cease operations at the end of March 2015 and close. However, the station will continue to provide a vital source of power during times of high demand during this, the station’s last winter of operation. The station was opted out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) in 2008 meaning that it must close in 2015 or after 10,000 hours of operation.

Construction started on Littlebrook Power Station in 1976 and it holds the record for the largest electricity production output of any 2,000 MW station in the UK within any one year. This record generation was during its operational time as a three unit station during the UK miners’ strike. More recently, the station has played an important role in providing electricity during times of peak demand. Littlebrook is the last major non gas-fired power station to close in the Greater London area.

The original Littlebrook Power Station first started generating electricity in 1939. The current station is the fourth to be built on the site, and began commercial operation in 1981.