Posted 29 August 2011 - 03:44 pm
On the Portishead site,Bristol Corporation built the first power station in the late 1920s,later known as Portishead "A".
In the mid 1950s,Portishead "B" was projected as a step forward in the design and construction of larger generating units.These units were quickly superseded with generating plant of a higher capacity and operating thermal efficiency but nevertheless served their 25-30 year projected life.
No doubt the dock was the ideal location for a petrol depot,considered to be out of range of the German air fleet during the Great War.I wonder if the refinery supplying the depot was at Plymouth.For generating plant,the dock would provide an assured supply of cooling water to condense the steam turbine exhaust steam.
The South Wales coalfield supplied the coal for firng along with the lesser volume of supplies from the North Somerset coalfield..... now all gone to history.