Didcot A Power Station switches off after 43 years

Didcot A, the coal-fired power station in Oxfordshire, has been disconnected from the national grid after 43 years of service.

To mark the final day, lasers were used to project a message of thanks on to the station, saying ‘Powering the nation 1970-2013’.

 

Didcot A manager Phil Noake said: “Didcot A first started operations in 1970, and has been an unsung hero of our economy ever since, helping to keep the lights on and Britain working 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week for more than 40 years.It generated its last megawatt (MW) of electricity at 14:00 GMT on Friday 22nd March with nine months of decommissioning starting on 31 March.

The station’s six iconic cooling towers will eventually be pulled down removing the notable landmark from the Oxfordshire skyline.

BBC News Oxford TV Report 22nd March 2013
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