Aberthaw Power Station celebrates 50 years of generation
4:27pm Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
SOUTH Wales is celebrating 50 years of generating electricity to power UK homes and businesses.
On October 29, 1963, Aberthaw was officially opened as one of the UK’s most efficient coal-fired power stations. Fifty years on, the site, owned by RWE npower, is still going strong and is able to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 1.5 million people.
Employees past and present came together to mark the momentous occasion with former Power Station manger Clive Smith, presenting current power station manager Phil Allen, with a brass model of Aberthaw B.
The site of the station was originally a golf course prior to the construction of the Aberthaw A Power Station which opened in October 29, 1963, and closed in 1995. Aberthaw B Power Station opened in 1971 and has three generating units with a total capacity of 1500MW. The Aberthaw site has produced enough electricity in its life to power the whole of Wales for 20 years.
Aberthaw Power Station is one of the most efficient coal-fired power stations in the UK and over the past five years we have invested £230 million in environmental technologies to improve our performance.
Phil Allen, Aberthaw Power Station manager, said: “The station has played an important role, not only generating safe and reliable electricity but also in the local community. It has employed hundreds of people, enjoyed partnerships with local charities and schools, and has put millions of pounds into the local economy.”