Construction has started on Centrica’s new back-up power plant at Peterborough power station.
The 50MW gas-fired facility is expected to play a key role in supporting local peaks in demand, producing enough electricity to power around 50,000 homes.
It will operate as a ‘peaking plant’, able to go from a cold start to full power in less than two minutes.
The new plant will include five reciprocating engines that will typically be used on weekdays to meet periods of high demand or provide back-up power when needed.
The project is part of Centrica’s £180 million investment programme into new flexible power facilities across the UK.
David Theakstone, Generation Manager at Peterborough power station said: “This fast response plant will help to meet local energy demand, while supporting the changing way electricity is generated.”
A team of up to 95 people will be on site during construction, which is expected to take around 15 months.
Last month Centrica announced it will be closing its Rough gas storage facility.