By Malcolm E. Falkus
This non-technical, readable publication lines the historical past of North Thames fuel from the nationalization of the gasoline in 1949 until eventually privatization in 1986, a interval which observed the switch shape a place within the Nineteen Fifties the place its survival was once threatened.
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To develop and maintain efficient methods of recovering byproducts obtained in the process of manufacturing gas. Despite the changes in market conditions, the place of gas in the nation's energy industries was still very much what it had been before the war. Cooking still dominated the total gas load and in other markets the gas industry's penetration was limited. Solid fuel was pre-eminent for both domestic and industrial heating and still accounted for some 80 per cent of the domestic load, while gas and electricity supplied only about 10 per cent of this market.
V Enterprise 45 era dawning, too, in market conditions. From about 1953 competition from electricity and oil was increasingly felt as the nation's prosperity and productive capacity grew. Now each year attractive new appliances were tempting North Thames's customers to change from gas. Appliances become more plentiful and the post-war ban on promotional advertising was ended in 1952. Massive new housing schemes, many of them local authority developments, held out the prospect of an increasing proportion of non-gas households unless the Board's salesmen could successfully persuade consumers to choose gas.
Until 1957 the throughput of the two works increased steadily. This was not only the result of more coal carbonised, but also of an increasing proportion of the resulting by-products going to the Products Works. In 1957 itself the utilisation of coal was unexpectedly large, as increasing oil prices in the wake of the Suez Crisis in 1956 dictated a greater emphasis on traditional carbonisation plant. 3 Source: North Thames Gas. But thereafter there was a steady fall in throughput as the consumption of coal declined and new production methods reduced the supplies of by-products available for processing.
Always under Pressure: A History of North Thames Gas since 1949 by Malcolm E. Falkus