Enfield

Enfield Power Station is a modern Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Plant located at the borders of Essex, Hertfordshire & Middlesex, just inside the M25 London Orbital Motorway & on the edge of the Lee Valley Regional Park. 

This modern Alstom GT26B powered plant is the third power station to occupy the site which has a long history of power generation dating back to 1904, when the Northern Metropolitan Electric Supply Company, or “NorthMet” commissioned the first large scale power station in the UK at Brimsdown, near Enfield. This original 106MW coal fired plant was augmented in 1928 with the construction of Brimsdown “B”. Together, Brimsdown A & B power stations continued to provide power for almost 72 years before finally closing in 1976. The distinctive cooling towers remained a highly visible part of the local skyline until their demolition in 1985. 

The current Power Station was constructed on the vacant site in 1999 and was purchased by E.ON in 2005. The new site sought to minimise its local impact by utilising the latest available technologies. Visible steam plumes are eradicated by using an air cooled condenser, meaning that all water is recycled on site and no water is taken from the nearby river Lee for cooling. Fuel is transported to site by underground pipeline, so the old stations coal storage yard is now home to a wild meadow, which is now home to a tremendous range of birds including:

  • Wryneck
  • Fieldfare
  • Kingfisher
  • Skylark
  • Yellow wagtail
  • Little ringed plover
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Kestrel

The rare Black Redstart has also been spotted here and a number of water fowl reside on the River Lee.

Community

Enfield has close relationships with a number of educational establishments in the area and hosts many site visits of students from the ages of nine to eighteen, with the station staff working with local schools to combine industry with the present educational curriculum.