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Electricity (North-Eastern Area)

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what arrangements the North-Eastern Electric Supply Company, in conjunction with the Central Electricity Board, are making for the provision of additional generating plant; and whether these arrangements are estimated to be sufficient to meet the needs of the Durham area.

Arrangements are being made for the extension of the Dunston Power Station of the North-Eastern Electric Supply Company by the installation of two 50,000 k.w. turbo-alternators, with corresponding boilers and auxiliary plant. Arrangements are also under discussion for the extension of the North Tees Power Station of the same Company by the installation of two 60,000 k.w. turbo-alternators with the corresponding boilers and auxiliary plant.When these arrangements for extending these two power stations, both of which are in the county of Durham, have been completed, additional capacity for the generation of electricity will have been provided comparable with what would have been provided at the proposed Kepier Station, and there should therefore be sufficient capacity to meet the needs of the north-eastern area for the next few years. I can assure my hon. Friend that requirements of that area for electricity supplies will be most carefully watched and if, as is anticipated, the demands for electricity should continue to grow, arrangements will be made for the further provision of generating plant.