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High Marnham power station was located in Nottinghamshire, to the west of the River Trent, just south of the village of Dunham. It was the most southerly of three power stations which lined the River Trent, the others being West Burton and Cottam.

High Marnham power station was located in Nottinghamshire, to the west of the River Trent, just south of the village of Dunham. It was the most southerly of three power stations which lined the River Trent, the others being West Burton and Cottam. The station was opened in 1959 and had a generating capacity of 945 megawatts (MWThe station closed in 2003 after nearly 45 years in operation. The station's chimneys were demolished on 15 December 2004 and the 46 m high boiler house was demolished on 5 October 2006. In this brief video we see the station's five cooling towers were demolished on 15 July 2012 at 10:00. To view a video of the demolition please follow this link. 

The demolition of High Marnham is a poignant highlight in the ever changing ‘balance of power’ in the UK’s energy mix.

At the end of the 1980s, more than 60% of electricity was generated from coal-fired power stations. In the next six years many ageing coal-fired and nuclear power stations are due to close. It is expected that 12.2 GW of coal and oil, and 6.9 GW of nuclear, power stations will come off-stream. There are numerous clean coal projects awaiting approval around the UK which perhaps represents an opportunity for the UK to lead with clean coal technology and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Twenty five years ago around 1% of our electricity involved the burning of gas. Now the figure is 43%. This will grow even higher as older nuclear and coal stations are retired and as replacements are repeatedly delayed. In tandem to this we are seeing increasing investment in a broad array of renewable technologies from solar, wind, tidal, etc high lighting a trend to decentralisation of energy sources.

Please visit our energy sector to see how the Clarion team can help companies operating in this sector. 

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