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Blackburn Mill and Embedded Generation

The Blackburn Mill Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station was commissioned in 2002 as a CHP plant.

Originally, the station met all the energy and process steam needs of the former Sappi Paper Mill in Blackburn, exporting any excess power to the grid.

Since the paper mill was closed in November 2008, the Blackburn Mill CCGT Power Station has been operating at full load, supplying 60MW of electricity to the national grid.

The Blackburn Mill CCGT Power Station uses natural gas to generate electricity and does so efficiently - it has a thermal efficiency rating of between 80% and 85%.

This ScottishPower site operates subject to conditions contained in an Environmental Permit issued and enforced by the Environment Agency. The facility also maintains an Environmental Management System EMS) that is accredited to the international standard, ISO 14001.

ScottishPower operates embedded generation on behalf of a number of customers as follows:

  • Three Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants, totalling 9.9MW for Pilkington, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of glass and glazing products, at St Helens, Merseyside
  • A 1MW CHP at Basingstoke Hospital for North Hampshire NHS Trust

Further details of the Blackburn Mill CCGT Power Station can be seen on our site environmental management page, as well as through the following downloads:

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