Didcot A Power Station

Didcot A is a dual-fired power station, which began commercial operation in 1970 and closed in March 2013.

Didcot A could generate 2,000MW of electricity - enough power to meet the needs of some 2 million households. It was originally designed as a coal-fired station, although three of the four 500MW generating units were later converted to dual-firing, enabling the station to use natural gas as an alternative to coal.

Didcot A operated as an opted out station under the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD). This meant that Didcot A could operate for up to 20,000 hours between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2015. The 20,000 hours were used up by March 2013, and the station closed after 43 years of powering the nation.