Work to start on Centrica's new fast response power plant at Brigg

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 Apr 2017

WORK is set to start later this month on the construction of a new fast response gas-fired power plant next to the existing Brigg power station.

The investment into the 50MW plant was confirmed in December last year as part of a £180m spend by Centrica on new flexible power operations across the country. It was entered into a 15-year agreement with the Government.

Comprising of five reciprocating gas engines, the plant has been designed to respond to peaks in demand and will be capable of producing enough power to meet the needs of around 50,000 households – more than all the homes in the district of West Lindsey.

Brigg generation manager, Ian Griffiths, said: “The site here at Brigg has been going through a real transformation over the past year. The team has been working hard on the demolition of redundant equipment, including the four chimneys and the old fuel oil tanks where the new plant will be built so it’s great to now be ready for a new chapter for the site as construction begins.”

A team of up to 95 people will be on site during construction, which is expected to take around 15 months. The plant will be operational in winter 2018.  

Once complete, the new plant will operate as a highly flexible ‘peaking plant’ that will be able to go from a cold standstill up to full power in under two minutes – a feature that is becoming increasingly important as more intermittent renewable capacity such as wind and solar comes on line.

A similar plant at Peterborough was also part of the deal, as well as a 49MW battery storage facility at Roosecote, Cumbria, and a 370MW combined cycle plant at King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

The Brigg site will feature five gas engines housed within an engine hall, which will be nearly 11m high. Chimneys will be less than half the size of the 70m stacks recently removed from the steam cycle operation at the plant, which had been in place since 1993. 

Together with ancillary equipment, the plant would fit on land just over half the size of a football pitch within the footprint of the existing site.

Operated remotely, no new jobs will be created, with maintenance to be absorbed by existing teams. 

As well as the deal that saw financial investment decisions on capital investment, South Humber Bank at Stallingborough, and the existing Brigg gas-fired power stations, as well as a site in Langage, have also been awarded one year Capacity Agreements starting in October 2020.

To find out more and keep up to date on construction, click here.

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