Siemens looks forward to delivering another major first on the Energy Estuary

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Dec 2018

The UK’s most efficient gas-fired power station will bring another first to the Energy Estuary for Siemens, 30 years after its first foray on the Humber.

Keadby Two, a £350 million build in North Lincolnshire, was outlined to more than 100 companies keen to support the arrival.

Scheduled for commissioning in 2022, Wesley Tivnen, managing director of the £6 billion engineering giant’s power and gas division, told of his pride at the effort put in to get to the construction phase for the 841MW installation. 

Speaking to those interested in playing a part, he said: “It is an evolution of gas turbines. Killingholme B was the first one in 1992, so we have quite a long history of large combined cycle gas turbines.

"This is the latest iteration.

How Keadby Two will look.

“We are super proud of this technology. It has put Siemens back on the map in terms of being competitive with high-end cutting-edge gas turbine technology. 

“Siemens has spent one billion euros in research and development of this gas turbine, starting in 2013 and launching in 2017, and this is the first application. Real specific challenges strengthened this requirement, including challenging performance requirements to support SSE to capture as much value from a challenging market.”

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

The SGTS-9000HL, as the turbine is known, will provide enough power for 640,000 homes - more than three million people - or a city the size of Berlin, where it will be manufactured. An alternative take continuing the German theme was the equivalent to 1,400 Porsche 911 Turbos.

Mr Tivnen confirmed discussions are taking place with management at Siemens’ Lincoln turbine production site to provide pre-fabrication of some of the auxiliary systems. 

“Hopefully we will be able to use the Lincoln facility,” he said, highlighting Brigg-based CLS Demolition’s role as his team looked forward to meeting scores of local companies across two sessions, with input from advanced manufacturing and engineering providers to accommodation and transport providers.

“We are looking to do as much as possible locally, which is why events like this are important, and the turn-out is fantastic. It has been a broad range, from specialist technical through to bed and breakfasts and taxi companies.” 

Suppliers listen to the presentation ahead of the meet the buyer sessions. 

Back-to-back sessions at DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Hotel at Broughton also gave businesses the opportunity to speak to Siemens Mobility about the new Goole train assembly and testing plant.

It is to be built less than 18 miles away from the power station, which itself sits by Keadby Onshore Wind Farm, the 68MW 34-turbine addition built in 2013. It is another huge investment by SSE – part of its 11.1GW of installed capacity, with 5.3GW in gas and oil and 3.8GW in renewables – and has been brought forward while Keadby Two has been on the drawing board.  It holds the record as England’s largest onshore wind farm.

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

The two sit well together too, as it does with the wider estuary’s offshore wind too. The capability of the new station to rapidly ramp up will help balance the grid when dealing with the variables of wind and solar.

Steve Davis, SSE’s project head, told how more could follow if Keadby Two proves a success. He said: “This is a big investment from SSE and Siemens. It is the first of its kind, highly efficient, and for gas-fired it is the best.

“We signed the contract on May 30, 2018 and started the groundworks in the summer on the old site. Siemens is going to supply technology that, once built, will be the most efficient combined cycle gas turbine in the UK, supplying generation needed to support the integration of large scale renewables. SSE see this as the start of something new. The job has got to be a success, got to produce, and there is the possibility of another two after that.”    

Other firsts for Siemens in the area have included the deployment of its first 5MW offshore wind farms at Orsted’s Westermost Rough, as well as having had a significant role in Lincs’ time as the world’s largest offshore wind farm in 2013, Now as Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, it is also behind Hornsea One, which will bring that title back to Grimsby, with blades made in Hull and turbines assembled on the adjacent Green Port quay.  

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