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Work on the installation of a new gas turbine and a major refurbishment at King’s Lynn power station started in March 2017, breathing new life into the mothballed site.

The investment into the 370MW plant was confirmed in December last year as part of a £180m investment programme into new flexible power plants across the country.

Working with our contractors, we will be installing a new gas turbine and undertaking a total overhaul and refurbishment of the plant’s control system, boiler and water steam cycle.

Once complete, the plant will be capable of producing enough power to meet the needs of around 370,000 households, almost all the homes in Norfolk.

Mark Futyan, Merchant Power Director of Centrica’s Distributed Energy & Power business said: “It’s great to be starting work on site after such a long period of uncertainty for the team here at King’s Lynn. Once again, this power station will be able to play its part in helping to keep the lights on for hundreds of thousands of local people – no mean feat but one we’re ready to deliver.”  

Sir Henry Bellingham at King's Lynn Power Station

Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said: “This massive investment programme is phenomenally good news for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. Not only will it create a large number of jobs during the construction phase and refurbishment, but the installation of a new gas turbine and refurbishment of King’s Lynn power station will underpin 30 permanent and well paid jobs. It is also a very big vote of confidence in King’s Lynn.”

Project update

On 25th May 2017 we will be holding a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event to give local suppliers the opportunity to meet with the project team.

The event will be held at the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre between midday and 3pm.

We’re specifically looking for local suppliers to support with the following: 

  • Electrical services
  • Light mechanical support
  • Welding, and
  • Material supply.

No registration needed. 

 

Frequently asked questions

Why is this needed?

The intermittent nature of renewable energy (such as wind and solar) and the phasing out of coal power stations, means there is a growing need for power plants that can both respond quickly to local demands and provide a secure supply of energy.

The new turbine at King’s Lynn has been designed to deliver against both these objectives.

How long will construction take?

Construction started in March and is expected to take 26 months, entering operation in H1 2019.

Will there be a lot of traffic during construction?

There will be some additional traffic during the construction period, however as there is limited civil content this will be minimal. In the event of any large items needing to be delivered to the site, such as the turbine, our contractors will work with the local council and police to ensure minimum disruption.

What job opportunities will there be?

A team of up to 200 people will be on site during the construction with around 30 permanent jobs once the plant is up and running in 2019.

 

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, Jon Cooper on 07789 571128.