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Fawley Power Station is an oil-fired power station located on the western side of Southampton Water. Fawley was commissioned in 1971 as a 2, 000 megawatt (MW) power station, with four 500 MW generating units, each consisting of a boiler supplying steam to a turbine that powers an associated generator. It is interesting as the cooling pumps were Britain's largest with a flow of 210000 GPM. One was driven by an experimental super-conducting electric motor. Two units were mothballed in 1995. This means that the station currently produces only 1, 000 MW of power. The station, which today is owned and operated by N Power, is oil-fired, powered by heavy fuel oil. A pipeline connects the station to the nearby Fawley oil refinery. It is one of three power stations in the country to be run on oil. Fawley does not operate continuously, but comes on line at high times of demand.
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