tarboat's photos with the drax

Generation

Generation
At the end of one of the the turbine/generator rows at Drax power station.

High Pressure Turbine on the right,the large silver pipes carry super heated steam, meet in the middle then pas over the turbine. On the left are the Steam Governor Valves ,which…
Added on May 16, 2017

Loading coal

Loading coal
Bucketwheel excavator working the coal heaps at Drax power station.
Added on March 25, 2017

Generating Hall

Generating Hall
Inside the generating hall at Drax. In the centre is the 660,000 kW No.1 turbo-generator and to the right behind the light is the exciter for the generator.
Added on February 13, 2017

Boiler feed

Boiler feed
Main boiler feed pump at Drax. This is driven by steam bled from the main turbine high pressure exhaust.
Added on February  9, 2017

Gypsum

Gypsum
A by-product of the flue gas desulphurisation process at coal-fired power station is gypsum which has a range of industrial uses including the production of plasterboard. This is the gypsum store at Drax where a significant amount awaits transport for pro…
Added on January 26, 2017

Biomass power

Biomass power
Inside the generation hall at Drax power station. Most of the generation at the time was from biomass fuel.
Added on October 11, 2016

Common Hawker

Common Hawker
Whilst I was eating my lunch this teneral female Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea) landed in an adjacent bush and was good enough to remain whilst I took a photo.
Added on August 29, 2016

A job with a view

A job with a view
Working on a cooling tower at Drax power station. It's a very long climb up that ladder.
Added on August 12, 2016

Ash hopper

Ash hopper
Base of the ash hopper underneath one of the boilers at Drax power station. If all else fails they stick a big bar through those yellow doors in order to remove encrustations.
Added on August  4, 2016

Biomass inside

Biomass inside
Biomass storage at Drax power station. Balloon on the outside, concrete on the inside, with a layer of foam sandwiched between. Simple but effective. If water got in they would have thousands of tons of soggy weetabix to dispose of!
Added on August  2, 2016

Coal moving

Coal moving
Bucketwheel excavator and grader working the coal storage tip at Drax power station. Got to keep the coal moving to avoid spontaneous combustion.
Added on August  1, 2016

Drax

Drax
A few of the twelve cooling towers at Drax, Britain's largest power station.
Added on April  2, 2016

Drax

Drax
Drax is Britain's largest power station. Operated by Drax Power Ltd, it has a capacity of 3,870Mw.
Added on April 25, 2010

Drax

Drax
Drax is Britain's largest power plant, providing about 7% of the power requirements for the country. Its capacity is 3945 MW. Seen here from the coal tips at Hatfield Colliery near Doncaster.
Added on October 23, 2008