Blaze closes Shropshire power plant

An investigation has been launched by Eastern Generation and the Health & Safety Executive after a fire shut down a 1,000MW coal-fired power station at Ironbridge in Shropshire. Plant operator Eastern said the blaze at the weekend gutted a section of the roof in the turbine hall and sent debris crashing down on to the […]

An investigation has been launched by Eastern Generation and the Health & Safety Executive after a fire shut down a 1,000MW coal-fired power station at Ironbridge in Shropshire.

Plant operator Eastern said the blaze at the weekend gutted a section of the roof in the turbine hall and sent debris crashing down on to the generating plant below.

Forty of the company’s 156 staff were in the hall and all were evacuated safely. About 80 firefighters attended the incident. Eastern said it seems that an auxiliary oil pump failed, spraying oil on to a hot steam pipe. The loss of oil supply to the turbine caused the unit to shut down.

Eastern said the 500MW turbine could be out of action for two months. The other may be back on line within two weeks.