Great Yarmouth Power Station
Great Yarmouth is a gas-fired power station. It was commissioned in 2002 and at the time was one of the UK’s most efficient power stations. RWE purchased the station in November 2008, the station has a dedicated pipeline connecting the plant to the National Gas Transportation System just outside the Bacton gas terminal.
At full power, Great Yarmouth generates 420MW of electricity, which is enough to meet the needs of some 400,000 people. This is about half the population of Norfolk. It is well located, highly efficient and flexible, with the ability to start up and shut down quickly and reliably in response to changing demand.
Great Yarmouth has a single combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT). The CCGT uses the exhaust gas from the initial combustion to produce steam that drives a second turbine. This two-fold power generation makes CCGT one of the most efficient ways of converting fuel into electrical energy.
The station employs thirty people, has ten permanent contractors and it is estimated that it adds around £1 million to the local economy each year.
The station forges strong links with the local business community and general public through its volunteering programme and work with local schools. Working with local charities is also a high priority, in the past this has included East Coast Child (which is operated by Beach Radio), the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Macmillan Cancer Support and local lifeboat and air ambulance services.