Centrica orders two 50MW gas-fired plants from Wärtsilä

Centrica has ordered two 50 MW Smart Power Generation plants from Wärtsilä.

The energy company secured agreements for more than 500MW of new build power facilities in the latest capacity market auction. The two new plants are based on five Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas. The power plants are scheduled to be operational in 2018. Wärtsilä’s scope covers the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). The two gas-fired Smart Power Generation plants will be located at Brigg in North East Lincolnshire and Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. The plants will generate balancing power into the grid.

“Centrica’s decision to go with our technology is a testament to the fact that our Smart Power Generation technology plays a key role in the UK power system. It shows that flexibility is needed and rewarded by the market,” says Bent Iversen, Business Development Manager at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.

The plants will be the biggest medium-speed engine-based gas power plants in the UK. With these new plants, Wärtsilä’s installed capacity in the UK exceeds 250 MW. Wärtsilä’s total installed power generation capacity is over 60GW in 176 countries.

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