The Anonymous Widower

Open House – SELCHP

SELCHP or the South East London Combined Heat and Power energy recovery facility, is a refuse incinerator, that generates up to 35 MW of electricity. I went for a look round during the Open House weekend.

It’s a long time since, I’ve been given free rein in an industrial plant. The last one that generated power was probably Cliff Quay or Sizewell A. Or it certainly was in the UK, although I have visited two others in the US; AEP Cook and Beaver Valley.

The site was impressive and I think they do a good job, getting rid of London’s rubbish. For those who object to incinerators on principle, it can’t be that bad, as they have now got resident peregrine falcons to keep down the number of pigeons. All I can find is this in a forum.

There’s also a bird of prey of some sort that nests at SELCHP, the incinerator opposite Millwall football ground. They provide it with special nesting boxes. Apparently, the high, bare walls look like the cliffs that are its natural habitat!

But the building probably looks no different to peregrines as does Tate Modern.

September 23, 2012 - Posted by | World | , , , ,


  1. London has some interesting Projects & Engineering History & Museums . . .

    Engineering Concepts / Design / Operation are leaders again.

    Refuse Incinerator & Energy / Heat Recovery . . . SMART . . . Team GB.

    Comment by Steam Lover | September 23, 2012 | Reply

    • It was built by a French company. But it’s the way to go to get rid of rubbish.

      Comment by AnonW | September 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. […] It’s actually a waste incineration plant, which provides district heating and to be fair it’s more beautiful than SELCHP. […]

    Pingback by Spittelau « The Anonymous Widower | April 14, 2013 | Reply

  3. […] couple of years ago, when I went over SELCHP, one of the guides had noticed me climbing some metal stairs and asked if I’d ever worked in […]

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  4. […] The New Den, which is Millwall’s ground and SELCHP to its right. The picture highlights the complicated nature of the lines into London Bridge […]

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