National Grid GT Fire Info

Late in 2011, a gas turbine at a Shoreham National Grid facility caught fire before being brought under control by the Wading River Fire Department.

The likely “small oil fire” ignited, according to an official from National Grid. The gas turbine was located on the southeast corner of the property, opposite the site of the decommissioned Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant, which was fully shuttered after public backlash against the facility in 1994.

National Grid spokesperson Wendy Ladd said the fire was extinguished in less than an hour, and did not result in any injuries or major damage.

The turbine, a “peaking turbine” unit, is normally used on very hot days, when the power authority’s system is taxed, to make up for the increased load. It was not related to National Grid’s natural gas operations, Ladd said.

She added that oil fires in the gas turbines are not a common occurrence, saying it was “pretty rare” to have one happen.

The Shoreham plant current has an output capacity of approximately 400MW.

The National Grid is the high-voltage electric power transmission network in Great Britain, connecting power stations and major substations and ensuring that electricity generated anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales can be used to satisfy demand elsewhere. There are also undersea interconnections to northern France (HVDC Cross-Channel), Northern Ireland (HVDC Moyle), the Isle of Man (Isle of Man to England Interconnector) and the Netherlands (BritNed).

On the breakup of the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1990, the ownership and operation of the National Grid in England and Wales passed to National Grid Company plc, later to become National Grid Transco, and now National Grid plc. In Scotland the grid is owned by Scottish Power and SSE.