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ABLE Thorpe Marsh

This iconic site at Barnby Dun, Doncaster, South Yorkshire is 45 hectares (111 acres) and lends itself to a variety of potential uses, particularly power generation, as the site has immediate access to the National Grid via an adjacent sub-station.

Thorpe Marsh Power Station was a 1 Gigawatt (GW) (1,000 MW) coal-fired power station. Initially operated by the Central Electricity Generating Board, the station was operated by National Power following privatisation in 1990. The station closed a few years later in 1994.

ABLE acquired the former power station in 1995 and undertook a huge exercise to de-plant the power station and demolish the extensive buildings and boiler house.

Of the original six cooling towers (each 340ft (100m) high and 260ft (79m) in diameter at the base), the south-westernmost was demolished on 1 April 2012, the north-easternmost on 10 June 2012 and the centre two towers on 5 August 2012. The last two towers were pulled down at around 6 a.m. on 19 August 2012. See demolition video

The Department of Energy approved plans on 31st October 2011 to build up to a 1,500 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine and 100MW open cycle gas turbine power station expected to give around 60% efficiency.

Negotiations with a blue-chip client are at an advanced stage and will culminate in circa £1bn of investment on the site. Prime Minister David Cameron said the project was part of a plan to “unblock the system and get projects under way”.

There will also be major work done to the National Grid infrastructure around Thorpe Marsh with a new 400kV 4 bay double bus-bar AIS substation on site and two skeleton generator bays, four circuit feeder bays as well as four new transformers.

The site benefits from transport access via motorways, River Don / canals and rail. It is only 4 miles from Robin Hood International Airport and enjoys quick access to other airports such as Manchester, Leeds Bradford and Humberside.

  • ABLE Thorpe Marsh
  • ABLE Thorpe Marsh