Tilbury Power Station
Tilbury Power Station is located in Essex on the River Thames, to the east of the Port of Tilbury.
The 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 will provide enough power for around 1.5 million households over the remainder of its lifetime. Operation of the plant on biomass rather than coal will result in greenhouse gas savings in excess of 70%.1 The converted power station is now fully operational and will run on biomass until its closure under the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) by around mid-2013.
We are also looking into the option of extending the life of Tilbury Power Station, enabling it to operate as a dedicated biomass power station for an additional 10 - 12 years to around 2027. As part of this, we have recently submitted two outline planning applications to Thurrock Council for the modifications that are necessary to extend the life of the power station. More information on this can be found on the Tilbury Biomass Power Station page.
Converting Tilbury Power Station to run on biomass is just one part of RWE’s strategy to produce sustainable energy infrastructure for the UK. It sits alongside major investments in new renewable energy and new, flexible gas plant, as well as investing to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of our existing portfolio. This helps ensure that electricity remains affordable and reliable, as well as sustainable for the future.
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.