Energy Town

Energy source: oil

Photo: Grain

Grain, an oil-fired power station in Kent.

What is oil?

Oil is a fuel found underground. It is very valuable because it can be made into many useful things, like petrol and plastics. Oil is sometimes used to heat homes and businesses, and it is also burned to generate electricity - although not in the same quantities as other fossil fuels.

How an oil-fired power station works

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  • There are just two large oil-fired power stations in the UK (ie 100MW and above).
  • Oil supplies 1.2% of the UK's electricity.
  • Each oil-fired power station can supply the annual average electricity needs of around 1.8 million homes.