Nic Dakin MP opens Centrica’s new gas-fired power plant at Brigg

Centrica is celebrating the end of construction of its new fast response power plant in Brigg, North East Lincolnshire. Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe, officially opened the new facility last Friday.

The 50MW facility has been designed to respond to peaks in demand within two minutes and is capable of producing enough power to meet the needs of 50,000 homes – more than all the homes in the district of West Lindsey.

The plant has been built on land adjacent to Centrica’s existing gas-fired power station and forms part of a £180m investment into a series of flexible generation and storage facilities across the country.

Mark Futyan, Distributed Power Systems Director at Centrica Business Solutions, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this final milestone and to be in the position to open this new plant. This is an important investment that will help secure supplies for local homes and ultimately support the increase of renewable energy generation.”

Nic Dakin MP said: “Centrica’s continued commitment to the Brigg site is positive for the area. As the amount of our energy that comes from renewable sources rightly grows the sort of flexible supply from new gas stations like this one at Brigg will be a crucial part of ensuring energy security and supply across peaks of demand.”

Managed remotely from Centrica’s new Energy Control Centre in Peterborough, the plant will typically run for a few hours a day and will be maintained by the local team. A second 50MW plant in Peterborough has also been completed today.

The plant comprises 5 x 9.8MW engines, delivering a total capacity of 49MW.