New €820m power station in Carrington, UK

Ireland-based energy company Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has opened a new €820m gas fired power station at Carrington near Manchester, UK.

Becoming fully operational in September last year, this 884MW plant has created 40 permanent jobs on-site, supplying more than one million homes and businesses in the Greater Manchester area.

With 58% efficiency, Carrington power station generates four times more electricity than the coal plant it replaced. Based on the 884MW reliable base load electricity, the plant is expected to provide fast back-up during intermittent wind and solar generation.

ESB’s chairman Ellvena Graham said: “Carrington power station is a significant expansion in ESB’s operations in Great Britain and builds on our 25-year record of successful investments in the UK.

“Producing enough electricity to power more than one million homes and businesses, this new power station comes into operation at a time when efficient, reliable, and flexible power plants such as Carrington are increasingly needed to ensure security of electricity supplies into the future.”

ESB also operates a 350MW gas generation plant in Corby and three onshore windfarms at Fullabrook (66MW), Mynydd y Betws (37.5MW), and West Durham (24MW).

In collaboration with the Green Investment Bank, the firm is currently constructing a £190m 40MW waste wood biomass plant at Tilbury in Essex, which is expected to begin operations later this year. It is also planning for a 1,650MW gas fired power station at Knottingley in West Yorkshire.