Fiddler's Ferry

  • Category: Thermal
  • Energy type: Coal
  • Project type: Asset

Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station is located in Warrington, Cheshire. With its eight 114-metre (374ft) high cooling towers and 200-metre (660ft) high chimney, the station is a prominent landmark which SSE bought in July 2004.

At present, Fiddler’s Ferry has a TEC for 1,455MW. Three out of the four units at Fiddler’s Ferry have secured contracts to provide electricity generation capacity from October 2017 to September 2019 following success in the GB Capacity Market Auctions.

Educational Resource Centre

Fiddler’s Ferry is proud to host the Education Resource Centre (ERC) at the site

The ERC enables students to see how Fiddler's Ferry Power Station, and other SSE sites, produce electricity in a reliable and sustainable way. For Key Stage 2 and 3, we have a variety of activities and resources which are ideal for topics such as energy, electricity and sustainability.

For Key Stage 4 and further education, we can deliver specific educational objectives in our conference room. We cover issues such as safety, environment, sustainability, energy from coal and biomass, flue gas desulphurisation and much more. Also, our nature reserve offers a wealth of wildlife, ideal for studying habitats, food chains/webs and ecological sampling from primary school level to university.

For further information or to book a visit please contact:

Gemma Hill-Davis, Education Centre Manager
Telephone: 0151 479 5795
Email: gemma.davis@sse.com

News from the site

Staff from Fiddler’s Ferry helped to improve their mental health

21 June 2018

Personnel from Fiddler's Ferry Power Station near Warrington have attended the second fixture of the Offload Programme. The programme is run by State of Mind and Rugby League Care and aims to provide insight into mental health and wellbeing. It helps people to find simple coping mechanisms for improving their mental health.

This second session focused on managing stress and challenging negative thinking, and was delivered by Paul Highton, a  former Rugby League star who played for Halifax, Salford and Wales. Paul discussed his spiralling mental health problems and addiction to prescription drugs, he gave some simple tips and tools he now uses to take care of his own health and well-being.

This initiative is part of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of all personnel on site at Fiddler's Ferry and forms part of a six-fixture programme, with  the next session focussing on building resilience.

Offload 2Nd Session

 

 

"Being the Difference" at Beechcroft Residential Home

19 April 2018

Four staff from SSE’s Fiddler's Ferry Power Station near Warrington spent the morning at Beechcroft Residential Home in Runcorn on 27 March as part of their “Be the Difference” day. SSE offers each of its 22,000 employees the opportunity to take a day out of their typical working life to support local community projects.

Steve Gallimore, Dave Cowan, Cerith Thomas and Gary Faulkner had a great morning speaking to the residents of the home and sharing experiences.

Arthur, who is 93 years old, worked at BICC (manufacturing) in Liverpool for most his working life. He likes to be active, and asked the engineers if we could make him some new legs! Arthur discovered writing poems later in his life. It began when his great-niece came home from school saying she didn’t know how to write a poem,  he wrote her one and since then has written over 70 of them, which he keeps with him in a folder.

John was a character, a Liverpudlian with a good sense of humour kept the team entertained, and Barbara, who had lived in the Midlands most of working life, working in the printing industry for manufactured items such as Pottery and Pirelli tyres, said that she now enjoys spending her time her time trying to keep her mind active.

The team were very warmly received and left with residents waving and wishing them the best!

Masters at Fiddler's Ferry

St Helens local Karen Lawrenson recently contacted Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station in Warrington and asked for assistance in completing the dissertation for her Masters Degree in Graphic Design.

After being made redundant from a well know car sales magazine Karen decided to return to education following her passion for graphic design. After completing a BA Honours Degree at the University of Chester, Karen decided she wanted to explore graphic design in more depth at a higher level and applied to complete a Masters Degree in Graphic Design & Art Direction at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Karen explained: “For my MA practice, I decided to concentrate on Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station in Warrington owned by SSE. Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station is a local landmark which I have grown up with. I have spent almost two years researching the Power Station, mainly focusing on the past and present.”

Karen continued: “My way of presenting this information was in the form of a magazine, covering topics such as; researching this magnificent landmark, the early years, interesting facts about the site, and what it has to offer to the community, including educational visits which cover how they produce electricity in a reliable and sustainable way, energy from coal and biomass, flue gas desulphurization and much more. There is also an Education Resource centre and Nature Reserve within the grounds of the Power Station which supports local schools and community groups, offering tours, workshops and educational visits to the Station.

The front cover of the magazine concentrates on how vital the power station is for generating electricity, with the words ‘FIDDLER’S FERRY POWER STATION - THE LIGHT OF THE NORTH WEST’.”

Karen concluded: “Now I have completed my MA in Graphic Design & Art Direction, I am looking for new opportunities in the graphic design field with a forward thinking company. I currently work as a freelance graphic designer, working with clients, seeing a brief from initial design ideas to the final design for print and web. I am looking forward to what the future may bring.”

Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station, Station Manager Marc Rudd explained: “When Karen approached us for assistance in completing her degree we were keen to get involved and support her in completing her dissertation. The booklet she has produced on Fiddler’s is great and documents some of our achievements and how we have evolved over the years. We would like to wish Karen the best of luck for the future and a big well done for passing her Master’s Degree.”

Karen Lawrenson

Karen can be contacted via her LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/karen-lawrenson-ba-hons-ma-5b5453115