Breaking ground on first of a kind £350m power station

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Nov 2018

Work is underway to build the most efficient power station of its type in the UK in northern Lincolnshire.

Representatives from developer SSE and partner Siemens were joined by Mayor John Briggs to officially break ground on Keadby Two, a £350 million investment to introduce first-of-a-kind, gas-fired generation technology to the UK.

Once completed, the 840MW station will play a key role in easing the integration of more renewables into the grid – with Grimsby bringing a further 3.5GW in offshore wind alone in the coming years.

Featuring the most efficient combined cycle gas turbine on the system, with 63 per cent efficiency, it will help to provide flexible energy generation capacity, with the ability to reach full generation in 30 minutes.

How Keadby Two will look.

SSE project manager Mark Birley said: “SSE has a strong presence in this area with both the operational Keadby One power station and the neighbouring Keadby wind farm. Breaking ground for this project signals an exciting next step for us and we look forward to working with Siemens to deliver Keadby Two.”

First granted planning consent for a second power station at the site in 1993, it has been heralded as a vote of confidence in the area, and adds to the Humber’s Energy Estuary credentials.

Next month will see opportunities for local businesses to enter the supply chain outlined at a special event.

Keadby Two will be constructed as a full turnkey solution by Siemens, with a three-and-a-half year time frame given when investment was finalised by SSE in May. The company will also provide plant servicing under a 15-year contract.

Wesley Tivnen, Siemens’ managing director for power and gas, said: “I’m delighted Siemens’ engineering excellence is able to bring one of the most efficient CCGT gas turbines to the UK market. This station will mean the UK can move away from coal-fired power and still have synchronous generating capacity on the grid, to complement intermittent renewable generation. If the UK is to meet decarbonisation targets and keep the lights on, we’ll need to see a mix of technologies used to power the grid. The Siemens turbine provides the flexibility to do that.”

Read more: How £350m power station investment could lead to jobs boom and boost for local businesses

Work to demolish existing structures from the former coal-fired plant to prepare the ground for construction of the new plant is already underway and is being completed by Brigg-based contractor CLS.

From January, work will begin on the station construction, starting with piling ahead of construction of the main foundations and steel work for the main buildings. Generating components are scheduled to arrive during early 2020.

Cllr Briggs said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the Keadby Two site and learn more about the class leading technology being brought to North Lincolnshire. I plan to continue to work closely with both SSE and Siemens to maximise local opportunities linked to the construction and operation of Keadby Two.”

Ahead of main construction SSE and Siemens will host a meet the buyer event, providing a forum for businesses to learn more about potential supply chain opportunities. The event will be held at The Double Tree by Hilton Forest Pines Resort on December 4. Register by emailing roseann.hughes@sse.com.



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