1512 Wangi Power Station
Wangi Power Station came into operation on the 7th of November 1958 after ten years of construction, playing a major role in the history of NSW power generation.
The 1000 odd workers who built Wangi Power Station, lived in a massive camp which surrounded the site for the entire period construction.
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For the first five years, Wangi Power Station was the largest power station in NSW, relieving the state from the drastic power shortages and blackouts during the late 1950s, and restoring power to NSW after the full state shut down in June 1964.
The site consisted of an ‘A’ station and a ‘B’ Station, the latter having more modern equipment, including the more efficient pulverised fuel boilers as opposed to the chain grate boilers in ‘A’.
Wangi Power Station was eventually deemed surplus to requirements, and was then decommissioned in 1986. All power generation and associated equipment removed and save for a few heavy gears and skid mounts.
There have been some proposals for redevelopment on and off over a decade which have never come to fruition.
It’s an important part of the history of Wangi Wangi, and the Lake Macquarie region. It deserves a new lease of life so that it can be remembered forever.
A large proportion of the local community had some kind of involvement with the operation of the power stations which also would have extended to surrounding businesses.
I’d like to say a special thanks to the former worker who has requested not to be named for taking me through the images in incredible detail (You know who you are), and also to the many other former workers and local community members who offered contributions in the original facebook post which helped to make up the introduction and image captions you see here.
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