CCGT Plants in East England & the Midlands

Barking
Location: Essex
Operator: Barking Power Ltd
Configuration: 1,000-MW, 5+2 CCGT blocks with 9001E gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 1995
HRSG supplier: GEC-Alstom
T/G supplier: EGT, GEC-Alstom
EPC: GEC-Alstom, Balfour Beatty
Quick facts: This was the first merchant CCGT project of its size in the UK and the first large generating station to be built in Greater London in more than 30 years. Thames Power Ltd, the project developer, was established in 1988 by BICC plc, now Balfour Beatty plc. Canadian Utilities (now ATCO Ltd) joined as operating partner in 1989 and holds a 50% stake in Thames Power which in turn owns 51% of the Barking project. 72.5% of the plant's output is sold to London Electricity Group plc and SSE Energy Supply Ltd and affiliates of these two companies hold the remaining 49% plant interest. The balance of the plant's output is sold into the wholesale market.

Photograph courtesy of Balfour Beatty Capital
Posted 7 Oct 2006

Corby
Location: Northamptonshire
Operator: Corby Power Ltd
Configuration: 365-MW, 2+1 CCGT with 9001E gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 1994
HRSG supplier: Babcock Energy
T/G supplier: EGT, Brush
EPC: Hawker Siddeley Power Engrg, Ewbank Preece, B&V, Kier
Quick facts: Corby is sited 145km north of London. The project was developed by a partnership of ESB International, East Midlands Electricity, and Hawker Siddeley and was one of the first IPPs in the UK. In Sep 2000, Dominion Resources (which inherited the East Midlands stake) completed its $80mn sale of its 80% interest in Corby Power to PowerGen. In Oct 2000, PowerGen and ESBI completed a deal to bring each owner’s interest to 50%.

Photograph courtesy of E.ON UK
Posted 1 Jan 2007

Cottam CDC
Location: Nottinghamshire
Operator: E.ON UK plc
Configuration: 400-MW single-shaft CCGT with V94.3A gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1999
HRSG supplier: Babcock Borsig
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Siemens
Quick facts: This power station was a joint venture between Powergen and Siemens and built as a test bed for new CCGT technologies. Construction started in Jul 1997 on a football and cricket pitch adjacent to the coal-fired Cottam power station. Commercial operation began in Sep 1999 and the plant became a wholly-owned asset of E.ON in May 2002. Design thermal efficiency is over 58%.

Photograph courtesy of E.ON UK
Posted 28 Dec 2006

 

Derby
Location: Derbyshire
Operator: RWE Innogy Cogen
Configuration: 65-MW single-shaft CCGT with Trent 60 gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2002
HRSG supplier: Nooter
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce, Allen
EPC: Rolls-Royce

Photograph courtesy of Rolls-Royce
Posted 9 Feb 2005

Fort Dunlop
Location: Warwickshire
Operator: Heartlands Power Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 50 MW Trent gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1999
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce
EPC: Scott Wilson Piesold, Rolls-Royce
Quick facts: The project was built as a 50:50 joint venture of Rolls-Royce Power Ventures (RRPV) and Catamount Energy. Catamount sold its stake to RRPV in Nov 2002.

Photograph courtesy of Rolls-Royce
Posted 19 Feb 2005

Glanford Brigg
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: Centrica Energy
Configuration: Two 120-MW, 2+1 CCGT blocks with 6001B gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, distillate oil
Operation: 1992-1993
HRSG supplier: Stein
T/G supplier: EGT, GEC Alstom
EPC: EGT, Balfour Beatty
Quick facts: The plant was completed in 1993 by IVO Energy and acquired by Centrica in June 2002 for £37.3mn.

Photograph by David Wright (geograph)
Posted 7 Jun 2008

Great Yarmouth
Location: Norfolk
Operator: RWE npower plc
Configuration: 420-MW single-shaft CCGT with 9001FA gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2002
HRSG supplier: Doosan
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: This plant was developed by BP Amoco at the site of the new-demolished CEGB South Denes power station. RWE npower bought the facility in Nov 2005. Great Yarmouth has a dedicated pipeline connecting the plant to the national gas transmission system just outside the Bacton gas terminal.

Photograph courtesy of RWE npower plc
Posted 1 Aug 2007

Immingham
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: ConocoPhillips
Configuration: 730-MW combined-cycle CHP with two 1+1 blocks, 9001FA gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2004
HRSG supplier: Nooter
T/G supplier: GE, Tosi
EPC: Foster Wheeler Energy, Kier
Quick facts:
This £350mn cogeneration plant on the south bank of the Humber River supplies steam and electricity to the Humber Refinery. The plant has two auxiliary boilers. Excess steam goes to the Total's Lindsey Refinery and excess electricity is fed into the grid.

Photograph courtesy of ConocoPhillips
Posted 4 Nov 2004

Keadby
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: Scottish and Southern Energy
Configuration: 720-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle with 9001FA gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 1996
HRSG supplier: Babcock Energy
T/G supplier: GE, GEC-Alstom
EPC: John Brown Engineering
Quick facts: This CCGT plant was built on a former site of a coal-fired power station. The plant was commissioned on 22 Jan 1996 by Scottish Hydro Electric and NORWEB. Scottish Hydro bought out NORWEB (then United Utilities)in Mar 1997 for £253m. In 1999, Scottish Hydro applied to add another 770MW of capacity at Keadby but this plan did not advance. A 25-MW black-start gas turbine was added in 2001. The main stacks are 60m tall. Keadby is connected to the grid via a 400kV link.

Photograph by Gordon Neal Brooke (geograph)
Posted 1 Jun 2008

Killingholme-A
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: Centrica Energy
Configuration: 652-MW, 3+1 CCGT with GT13E gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1992-1993
HRSG supplier: CMI/ICL
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: NEI ABB
Quick facts: Killingholme was developed and built for National Power. At the end of Mar 2000, NRG Energy purchased the plant for £390mn. In Feb 2003, a bank syndicate assumed ownership of Killingholme-A after a debt for equity swap with NRG, which had run into financial difficulties, and the plant was subsequently owned and operated by NRG until late 2003 when it was taken over by a group of 20 banks. The plant was acquired by Centrica in July 2004 for £142mn. In 2004 Killingholme-A was awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) Gold Medal.

Photograph by Colin Westley (geograph)
Posted 7 Jun 2008

Killingholme-B
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: E.ON UK plc
Configuration: two 456-MW, 2+1 CCGT blocks with V94.2 gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1992-1993
HRSG supplier: BEL
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Siemens
Quick facts: This was Powergen’s first gas-powered power station when it opened in Apr 1993. After about a year in service, the plant was retrofit with hybrid cooling towers to reduce visible steam plumes. Killingholme was mothballed in 2002/03 and returned to service in Sep 2005 after 2yrs of work involving 2mn manhours and costing £25mn.

Photograph courtesy of E.ON UK
Posted 28 Dec 2006

King's Lynn
Location: Norfolk
Operator: Centrica Energy
Configuration: 325-MW single-shaft CCGT with V94.3 gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1997
HRSG supplier: CMI/ICL
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Siemens
Quick facts: Construction on the King's Lynn site started in Oct 1994 and the plant began commercial operation in Dec 1997. The plant was developed by Anglia Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary ot TXU Europe Power Ltd. In Oct 2001, Centrica acquired the King’s Lynn and Peterborough plants from TXU for $252mn. King's Lynn was the second single-shaft site in the UK.

Photograph by Thom & Nate (Picasa)
Posted 7 Jun 2008

Little Barford
Location: Cambridgeshire
Operator: RWE npower plc
Configuration: 680-MW, 2+1 CCGT with 9001F gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1996
HRSG supplier: Babcock Energy
T/G supplier: EGT, GEC-Alstom
EPC: EGT, Atlantic Projects, Henry Boot
Quick facts: This CCGT block was built on on the site of a former coal-fired CEGB power station on the Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire border. The station was one of the early full-size combined-cycles built in the UK with one GT built in South Carolina and one in France. In April 2006, a refurbished 17-MW gas turbine was installed to provide black-start capability.

Photograph courtesy of RWE npower plc
Posted 2 Aug 2006

Letchworth
Location: Hertfordshire
Operator: RWE npower plc
Configuration: 2 X 70-MW Olympus gas turbines
Fuel: distillate oil
Operation: 1979 (ret 2000)
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce, GEC
EPC: GEC
Quick facts: This plant has been demolished.

Photograph by Robin Hall (geograph)
Posted 31 May 2008

 

Peterborough
Location: Northamptonshire
Operator: Centrica Energy
Configuration: 360-MW, 2+1 CCGT with 9001E gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, distillate oil
Operation: 1993
HRSG supplier: CMI/ICL
T/G supplier: EGT, Alstom, Brush
EPC: Black & Veatch, Kier
Quick facts: Peterborough was built by TXU Corp and an operating lease was acquired by Centrica in January 2001 followed by an asset purchase in 2003. It uses an air-cooled condenser and water requirements are met with gray water from a nearby water treatment plant owned by Anglian Water. The plant is grid-connected at 132kV.

Photograph by Julian Dowse (geograph)
Posted 7 Jun 2008

Rye House
Location: Hertfordshire
Operator: ScottishPower
Configuration: 715-MW, 3+1 CCGT with V94.2 gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1994
HRSG supplier: Babcock Energy
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Siemens, Kier
Quick facts: Rye House was acquired from PowerGen in 2001. The air cooling system was Europe's largest when completed.

Photograph courtesy of ScottishPower
Posted 25 Aug 2004

 

South Humber
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: Centrica Energy
Configuration: 1,260-MW combined-cycle, one 3+1 block and one 2+1 block, Type 13E2 gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1994-1997
HRSG supplier: CMI, ICL
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: IVO, Kier
Quick facts: The project was originally developed by Fortum, Midlands Electricity, Tomen, and Alstom. In May 2001, Centrica bought a 60% share for an effective price of £374/kW and the remaining 40% share was bought from plant fuel supplier Total in Sep 2005 for €46.5mn, or €294/kW. The site is at Stallingborough on the Humber estuary near Grimsby about 15km downstream from the Killingholme combined-cycles. The plant has once-through cooling using a deepwater, offshore intake. Non-recourse financing for Phase I was in the form of a £520mn credit facility provided by ABN Amro, CIBC, National Westminster Bank, and Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). In Nov 1996, Fortum signed a financing agreement with Midland Bank and National Westminster for a 510-MW extension and placed the $270mn turnkey order with ABB.

Photograph courtesy of Humber Power
Posted 2 Jun 2001

Spalding
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: Intergen
Configuration: 840-MW combined-cycle, 2+1 block, 9001FA+ gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2004
HRSG supplier: Vogt
T/G supplier: GE, Hitachi
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: In Nov 2000, the government gave Section 36 consent for this project proposed by InterGen and Centrica. In Oct 2001, this was followed by Section 37 consent to National Grid for a short 400kV power line to connect the proposed plant to the grid. Centrica has a gas tolling deal with InterGen for the plant with the fuel from Morecambe Bay. This was Bechtel's third Intergen project in the U.K. The plant is air-cooled and cost $610mn.

Photograph courtesy of www.dream-weaver.com
Posted 16 Dec 2006

Staythorpe-C
Location: Nottinghamshire
Operator: RWE Npower plc
Configuration: 4 X 420-MW single-shaft CCGT blocks with GT26B gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, distillate oil
Operation: 2010
HRSG supplier: Alstom
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Alstom, Montpressa, FMM, Somi
Quick facts: This power station is at an old CEGB site on the River Trent. The station received planning permission in 1993 but Alstom did not receive notice to proceed until Aug 2007. At completion, Staythorpe-C will be the second largest gas-fired power station in the UK. The main equipment includes dual-fuel GTs with sequential lean-premix DLN combustion systems, triple-pressure reheat HRSGs, two-casing, triple pressure reheat steam turbines and four TOPGAS generators. The cooling towers are of hybrid, low-plume design.

Artist's rendition courtesy of Alstom
Posted 17 Mar 2010

Sutton Bridge
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: EDF Energy
Configuration: 790-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle with 9001FA+ gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1999
HRSG supplier: SFL
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Atlantic Projects, Stone & Webster
Quick facts: In Jan 1997, Enron Corp announced that it would invest $500mn in a new combined-cycle at Sutton Bridge near Kings Lynn in about 160km north of London. The plant was accepted in May 1999. In March 2000, EDF acquired the facility for $246.6mn.

Photograph courtesy of London Electricity
Posted 29 Apr 2003

 

Abbreviations

Updated 05/05/10

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