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    Richborough Power Station was built in the late 50's and from 1962 - 1971 Richborough burned over 3 million tonnes of coal, most of which came from the nearby kent coalfields.
    Then in 1971 the station was converted to run on oil, but usage of the site became costly as the price of oil prices rose during the 1973 Oil crisis.
    So 1989 the plant underwent a major refurbishment and in 1990 trials were started on an experimental new fuel called Orimulsion.



    Orimulsion is a cheap heavy oil and water based emulsion produced form natural bitumen in Venezuela, initial results suggested it would make a cheap clean fuel alternative to oil...
    The "Orimulsion" bubble was burst when a local farmer claimed damages against the plants owners powergen for the loss of his crops.
    Around the same time local people began to notice damage to the paintwork of their cars - linked to acid rain coming form sulphur emissions form the plant.



    The power station can be seen in several scenes of the 2008 film Son of Rambow, and was the location for the 2003 Channel 4 television series Full Metal Challenge.

    It ceased generating in 1996 and is in the process of being demolished

    Visited with the fantastic and awesome Skeleton Key

















































    Thanks for looking

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    Am loving these Nelly,after seeing Willington a few years back,to experience cooling towers is a must.Well done one and all.

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    Those towers are muhassive!!.. Nice one..

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    Good photos. I believe the cooling towers have now been listed, which is why they haven't been knocked down.(This of course doesn't mean that they wont be knocked down, just that its delayed a bit). I believe the turbine hall has now completely been demolished....can you confirm this Nelly or SK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by godzilla73 View Post
    Good photos. I believe the cooling towers have now been listed, which is why they haven't been knocked down.(This of course doesn't mean that they wont be knocked down, just that its delayed a bit). I believe the turbine hall has now completely been demolished....can you confirm this Nelly or SK?
    Its still there mate, but all of the buildings are in the process of being demolished :(
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    Wow they're huge!

    Enjoyed looking through your shots Nelly :)

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