Steam Cheaper Than Water
Hull's £279,000 Scheme
A widely-spread belief that wherever there is a large river there is an abundance of cheap electric power was dispelled last week by Mr. J. N. Waite, general manager and engineer of Hull Corporation Electricity Department, at a meeting in connection with a scheme for a new generating station on the river Humber.
He said that theoretically it would be necessary to construct a new station for Hull within the next five years, although there was some doubt whether it would be built actually in Hull, which was not so well situated as other parts of the West Riding..
He pointed out that although there Were considerable advantages in having large quantities of water near a getteratjag station for purposes of circulation, the river Humber could not be harnessed itself economically to supply the power.
A steam station could be built at a cost ranging from £12 to £15 per kilowatt, whereas water-power schemes cost, in this country, from £50 to £60 per kilowatt.
The Sculcoates generating station, he reported, was to be considerably enlarged and connected with other systems at a cost of £279,000.
He had received a direction from the central electricity board to extend the station by the installation of the following plant: One boiler unit having an evaporative capacity of 150,000113s. of steam per hour to be in commercial operation by September, 1937;
Two 2,000,000 gallons per hour pumps, together with alterations and additions to the existing circulating water system, to be completed by the Summer of 1937; One turbo-alternator set of a maximum continuous oiling of 30,000 kilowatts, to be in commercial operation by September, 1938; One boiler unit, having an evaporative capacity of 150,0001bs. of steam per hour, to be in commercial operation by September, 1938; together with
The buildings and civil engineering works necessary for carrying out the above works.