Ratcliffe-on-Soar is one of the most efficient coal fired power stations in the UK. With a total generation capacity of 2,000MW from four 500MW units, it produces enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 2 million homes.
Protecting the Environment at Ratcliffe
At Ratcliffe-on-Soar we have introduced a number of environmental initiatives to minimise our potential impact on the environment. These include:
- Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) plant. Each of the four 500MW generation units is fitted with FGD equipment. This means that around 92% of the sulphur dioxide is safely removed before the flue gases are released into the environment.
- Installation of the Boosted Over Fire Air (BOFA) system on the boiler to reduce oxide of nitrogen emissions to 500mg/m3
- High Efficiency High Pressure turbines are used in each of the generation units to improve efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
- Site waste management, minimisation and recycling plan. Ratcliffe currently recycles all lubricating and insulating oils, wood, paper, toner cartridges, fluorescent lighting tubes and lamps, and scrap metal. Large numbers of native trees and shrubs have been planted including oak, beech and sycamore.
Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station is also committed to habitat and species conservation on site. Our biodiversity programme includes:
- Carrying our site surveys and maintaining records of biodiversity, as well as educating our employees and contractors in the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity.
- Consulting local and national conservation agencies and contributing to the work of external conservation bodies.
- Protecting and where possible enhancing the ecological value of the site with particular reference to the habitats and species identified as priorities.
There are six priority habitats at Ratcliffe - these include ancient and/or species rich hedgerows, cereal field margins, lowland calcareous grassland, lowland meadows, reed beds and lowland wood pastures and parkland.
The bird species found here include three listed as globally threatened: the bullfinch, linnet and song thrush. Badgers, foxes, stoats, weasels and the brown hare (a priority species) all inhabit the site, as well as a rich variety of insects including brown hawker, emperor and black tailed skimmer dragonflies.
Ratcliffe-on-Soar provides valuable collaboration on various environmental and chemical engineering projects with Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University and has links with local schools providing work experience opportunities. We receive over 2400 visitors every year, ranging from MPs, to local schools, international visitors and retired people clubs.