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Introducing the new Brigg fast response plant.

Construction of our new gas plant on land next to the existing Brigg power station is set to start in April 2017.

The project forms part of a £180 million investment programme into four new flexible power generation and storage facilities following the UK Government’s Capacity Market auction in December 2016.

The plant has been designed to support local security of supply, stepping in to help meet peaks in demand. Rated at 50MW, it will be capable of producing enough power to meet the needs of around 50,000 homes – more than all the homes in the district of West Lindsey.

THE NEW PLANT

The new fast response plant is being built on a small section of land where the fuel oil tanks used to be and will be run independently of the existing power station. Housed within a warehouse-type structure, the plant will consist of five 10MW reciprocating gas engines. Unlike the existing plant, which uses gas turbines, the plant will burn gas with air to produce hot gases that are used to drive a piston up and down. The motion of the pistons will be used to drive the generator, which then in turn produces electricity.

Brigg 50MW Fast Response Plant

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

Our expectation is that the plant will typically run for only a few hours a day during the week when demand is at its highest.

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.
- Ian Griffiths,, Brigg Generation Manager

OUR CONSTRUCTION PLAN

We are committed to being a good neighbour and will be working closely with our contractors at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions who are leading on construction, which is expected to take around 15 months.

It is expected that there will be a team of around 20 people working on site each day, peaking at around 95 during key periods.

We have established a traffic management plan that has been agreed with the local council in order to manage the increase in traffic from both the construction team and deliveries associated with the build. As part of this, we have identified a Construction Traffic Access Route that all HGV and construction staff will be required to follow as shown in the map below.

Brigg site map

Site access will be from a two way service road running east west from the B1206 with the expectation that the majority of construction HGVs will reach this point via the M180 or A18.

Under no circumstances will construction vehicles be permitted to access the site through Scawby village, including via the B1207, Messingham Lane or Church Street.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this needed? Couldn’t you just increase output from the existing site?

The new facility has been designed to complement the existing plant but what we’re talking about are two very different technologies, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The gas engines in the new facility are an efficient, responsive technology that can be relied upon to generate power at very short notice, in this case reaching full power within a couple of minutes. In contrast, the existing plant would need more notice to fire up but when it is up and running, it would be cheaper to operate, which has clear benefits.

Do you expect to close the existing power station once the new site opens?

No. The existing plant was also awarded a capacity agreement as part of the auction process last year.  The one year contract comes into play from October 2020, meaning that Brigg will stay open for the foreseeable future, supplying energy for almost 100,000 homes in the local area.

Will there be a lot of disruption during construction?

Some construction traffic will be inevitable during the construction; however we will be limiting activity on site to 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays, and have established a traffic management plan as described on the previous page. In the event of any large items needing to be delivered to the site, our contractors will work with the local council and police to ensure minimum disruption.

What job opportunities will there be?

The facility has been designed to be operated remotely and will only require occasional maintenance visits, so we won’t be employing anyone to work at the site once it’s built. We will however have a team of around 100 on site during construction and will be encouraging Wärtsilä to use local people and suppliers where possible.

Will the plant be noisy when it’s running?

No. The engines will be housed in a warehouse-type structure that will be sound insulated to minimise any noise when the plant is in use.

Is it safe?

The safety of everyone on site during both construction and operation is our first priority. The engines are a very safe and well tested technology, and will be monitored around the clock.

GET IN TOUCH

If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to yoursay@centrica.com. If you have any queries relating to activity on site, please contact our Project Manager, Ronak Patel on 07769 546655.