FERRYBRIDGE, ENGLAND – JULY, 2008
Ferrybridge, one of 3 massive coal plants in Yorkshire, was built during the economic and industrial rise of the North of England. Heavy industry, steel works and manufacturing relied on coal from local collieries. As the pits and mines closed, more and more fuel is imported, at greater cost, from overseas. Its cooling towers are the tallest in Europe and its boilers and turbines consume 800 tonnes of coal and 218 million litres of coolant hourly during peak operation. Ferrybride after evaluation is set to discontinue production past 2015 but is a potential site for new supercritical coal power station.