Thurrock seeks consent for 600MW of gas engines and 150MW battery

Thurrock Power has been granted an electricity generation licence by Ofgem and submitted an application for development consent to National Infrastructure Planning.

The company, a subsidiary of Statera Energy, aims to build up to 600MW of gas reciprocating engines on a site near Thurrock, connecting to National Grid’s nearby Tilbury substation. It will install up to 150MW of battery storage alongside, bringing the site’s total capacity to 750MW. The installation would be the UK’s biggest single battery site, able to store 600MWh.

In an interview published in the January issue of New Power Report  Statera Energy’s Tom Vernon said, “the benefits comes if you are in a particular part of the network.” He said in choosing sites the company looks for ‘pinch points’ that are at “the right substations and where possible close to the point of demand, where we got good TNUOS. Arguably that is the hedge against TCR [Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review] … fundamentally they will always incentivise you to be close to the point of demand.”

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