Great Yarmouth gas station offline during repair work

Great Yarmouth Power Station.Photo: Bill DarnellCopy: Steve CoxFor: EDP BusinessArchant © 2005 (0160

Great Yarmouth Power Station.Photo: Bill DarnellCopy: Steve CoxFor: EDP BusinessArchant © 2005 (01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant © 2005

Work to repair a turbine at Great Yarmouth power station is ongoing - five months after it broke down and work at the station ground to a halt.

The South Denes Road gas station, which usually generates enough power to supply a third of a million homes, has been offline since March when a critical gas turbine was damaged.

Station operator RWE Generation UK, part of the RWE npower group, said the complex task of rebuilding the turbine is coming closer to completion.

The 10-metre long, three-metre wide, 90-tonne rotor left the company's workshop in Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, last month and has made its way to Belfort in France where it can be fixed by its original manufacturers GE.

Kevin Nix, head of RWE Generation UK, said: 'It has been a very difficult couple of months and I would like to thank everyone at the power station and RWE Generation Maintenance Outage Support in Ferrybridge who have worked together on finding a cost effective solution.'

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The turbine is due to back in Yarmouth in early October. At full power, the station has capacity to generate 400MW of electricity.

It was commissioned in 2002 and employs a team a 30 people.

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It is connected to the National Gas Transportation System just outside the Bacton gas terminal on the north Norfolk coast via a dedicated underground gas pipeline.

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