Eggborough Coal Power Station is a large coal-fired power station in North Yorkshire, England, capable of co-firing biomass. It is siuated on the River Aire, between the towns of Knottingley and Snaith, deriving its name from the nearby village of Eggborough. The station has a generating capacity of 1,960 megawatts, enough electricity to power 2 million homes, equivalent to the area of Leeds and Sheffield.

Opened in 1966 to utilise nearby coal-reserves, the station was built for, and initially operated by, the Central Electricity Generating Board.

The Eggborough Coal Power Station was built for, and initially operated by, the Central Electricity Generating Board. The station became the property of National Power on privatisation of the industry in 1990.

British Energy bought Eggborough Power Station, as its only coal-fired power station, in 2000 to provide a more flexible power production facility alongside its nuclear power stations to reduce penalty charge risks from the New Electricity Trading Arrangements introduced in March 2001. The purchase of Eggborough occurred at the peak of the market for power stations, and in 2002 the value of the station was written down by half. The station employs around 300 people, as well as contractors.

In 2008 √Člectricit√© de France (EDF) purchased British Energy, and subsequently on 1 April 2010, EDF transferred Eggborough to the plant's bondholders as per an earlier agreement, and to comply with commitments made to the European Commission when agreeing the acquisition of British Energy.
Eggborough power station
Country England
Locale Knottingley
Status Operational
Commission date 1967
Operator(s) Central Electricity Generating Board
(1966-1990)
National Power
(1990-2000)
British Energy
(2000-present)

Power station information
Primary fuel Coal

Power generation information
Installed capacity 1,960 MW