Tilbury Power Station

Tilbury Power Station is located in Essex on the River Thames, to the east of the Port of Tilbury. The station closed in October 2013 under the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD).

Tilbury Power Station began full operation in 1969 and, until 2011, operated as a coal-fired power station with the capacity to generate 1,131MW of electricity for the National Grid.

In early 2011, we were granted the necessary consents from the Environment Agency and Local Planning Authority to convert all three of the power station’s operational units to generate power from 100% sustainable biomass. The converted plant re-opened in 2012 and ran on biomass for the remainder of its lifetime. Operation of the plant on biomass rather than coal resulted in greenhouse gas savings in excess of 70%.1

The station was scheduled to close under the EU’s Large Combustion Plant (LCPD) Directive, giving it 20,000 hours of operation from 1 January 2008. After over 40 years as a coal-fired plant, in 2011 Tilbury commenced generation on 100% sustainable biomass for the remainder of its LCPD hours.
 On 13 August the station generated its final unit of electricity and after 46 years of successful operation, and a combined total of 57 years of electricity generation The station closed.

Tilbury remains an excellent site for power generation and RWE will now review future plans for the site.

For additional information on the conversion project, please click here to view the Tilbury Biomass Conversion page. We also have more information on our efforts to ensure the sustainability of the fuel, please click here to view our sustainability page or our FAQs.

1. Greenhouse gas savings in excess of 70% compared to the EU fossil fuel comparator.