Two new gas power plants in the UK took another step forward this week as developer Carlton Power assigned contractors for building.
The Stokesley, North Yorkshire firm Carlton Power signed an agreement with US engineers GE, Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, UK and Irish firm Ferrovial Agroman.
GE will build the Trafford Power project near Manchester, while Carlton Power has bought GE’s interest in the 1500 megawatt (MW) Thorpe Marsh gas-fired power station project near Doncaster.
Thorpe Marsh is the site of a former coal plant and the gas version was given consent by the Department of Energy & Climate Change in 2011.
The pair of plants are expected to be ready by 2018/19 and will be bid into DECC’s Capacity Market Auction – meant to make sure there is enough baseload power in the UK – scheduled for December 2014.
Keith Clarke, Managing Director of Carlton Power said: “With the Energy Act now passed and DECC’s desire to see new independent players in the UK generation market, we have confidence in the Capacity Market arrangements and so, as long as there are no unexpected changes, we will bid both projects into the Auction.”