Cottam Coal Power Station is a 2008-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned by EDF Energy though its usual output is generally considerably less. It is located on the River Trent at Cottam near Retford in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Cottam Coal Power Station opened in 1969 when owned by the Central Electricity Generating Board. After electricity privatisation in 1990, ownership was shifted to Powergen. In October 2000, the plant was sold to London Energy, who are part of EDF Energy, for £398 million.

This is a 400 MW combined cycle gas turbine power station that runs on natural gas. It opened in September 1999 as a joint venture between Powergen and Siemens. In May 2002 the plant was bought out by Powergen for £52m.

The Cottam Coal Power Station uses one Siemens V94.3A (now called a SGT5-4000F), which has one BENSON heat recovery steam generator gas turbine and one steam turbine.[2][3] Electricity from the plant (which has a terminal voltage of 21 kilovolts (kV)) enters the National Grid via a transformer at 400 kV. The plant has a thermal efficiency of 58%.

In February 2006, 51 British workers at the station walked out on Wildcat strike action due to the underpayment of Hungarian workers during construction of Flue Gas Desulphurisation equipment. The Hungarians had worse working conditions than the British workers and were underpaid £1 million by employer SFL. 15 British workers who walked out in solidarity were made redundant.
Cottam power station
Country England
Locale Cottam
Coordinates 53°18′14″N 0°46′53″W / 53.304°N 0.7815°W / 53.304; -0.7815
Status Operational
Commission date 1969
Operator(s) Central Electricity Generating Board
London Energy

Power station information
Primary fuel Coal
Secondary fuel Gas
Tertiary fuel Biomass

Power generation information
Installed capacity 2,008 MW