Richborough Power Station was constructed by the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Entering service in 1962 as a 342MW coal fired station, using coal from Kent and other coalfields.
The station was, following a change in policy, converted to oil in 1971.
In 1989 a 1MW wind turbine was constructed to aid the development of wind technology. It is understood that at the time, the unit was the most powerful to be constructed on the British mainland.
At privatisation, Powergen assumed ownership of the station in 1990 and continued to operate it until its closure in 1996. Following a major refurbishment in 1989, the station undertook extensive trials starting in 1990, burning a new fuel, known as Orimulsion (an oil and water based emulsion from Venezuela). During the early 1990s, the plant was the subject of two legal actions claiming damage from pollution. Both cases were settled out of court
The 21st Century
Most of the machinery and equipment associated with power generation was removed during a demolition and strip out program which was completed in 2000. The remaining structures on site were demolished 2011-2, with the cooling towers and chimney brought down in a controlled demolition in March 2012.
Thanet and Dover District Councils grant planning consent for a 40MW diesel peaking plant and new site infrastructure.
National Grid submit plans for the Nemo Link ® interconnector between the UK and Belgium.