Photographer's Note

A short series of photographs about the power station, Padiham B.
Built in the early 1960’s, this 240MW power station was to supply some of the local community with its power needs. What also happened was it went through a period of great social changes. Nuclear power was to be deemed the way forward so in some ways it was to be old technology from the start. In 1972 the national miners strike was happening, and at Padiham B they had already proposed Oil firing for one of their two boilers which would obviously mean less coal required, and so redundancy for the miners. But six years later the price of oil begins to rise and so it probably seemed a folly to change over from coal in the first place.
In 1980 they change over to petrocoke and on 31st March 1993 the last delivery of fuel delivered.
September Padiham B ceases generation.
Last winter we have seen several price rises for our gas and electric, with 20 to 30% increases on our bills not uncommon. And this is because we had to pay for supplies from Russia and other energy supplying countries, and yet we have a vast amount of ‘uneconomical coal’ in the redundant mines of the UK. Crazy.
A year ago the gypsies broke through the perimeter fencing. They have roamed at will around the grounds, daubing the walls with graffiti and lighting fires inside the building.

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Additional Photos by Mark Nunnerley (marknunnerley) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 455 W: 50 N: 483] (2780)
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