Centrica gets go-ahead for new gas-fired plant in Peterborough

Centrica has been granted planning permission by the local council to build a new gas-fired power station in Peterborough.

The plant will feature five reciprocating gas engines producing a combined output of 50MW – enough to power around 50,000 homes.

The station will be built alongside an existing combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant. Work on the new station will not begin until 2017.

Centrica has to finish dismantling defunct equipment at the existing plant before it begins. Some fuel oil tanks are currently sitting in the spot where the new plant will be built.

It will be used as a “highly flexible peaking plant” and will typically run for only a few hours each weekday. It will be able to reach full load from a cold start within five minutes. By comparison larger plants usually take several hours to get going.

Centrica said the plant is needed due to the increasing prominence of intermittent renewables within the UK’s energy system and the closure of old coal-fired power stations.

Last month the Trafford CCGT plant planned for Greater Manchester was granted a reprieve by the government after it missed a key deadline for its capacity market contract