Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe, has officially opened Centrica’s new gas-fired power plant in Brigg.
The 50MW facility has been designed to respond to peaks in demand within two minutes and can produce enough power to meet the needs of 50,000 homes.
The plant has been built on land adjacent to Centrica’s existing gas-fired power station and forms part of a £180 million investment into a series of flexible generation and storage facilities across the country.
Mark Futyan, Distributed Power Systems Director at Centrica Business Solutions, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this final milestone and to be in the position to open this new plant. This is an important investment that will help secure supplies for local homes and ultimately support the increase of renewable energy generation.”
Mr Dakin added: “Centrica’s continued commitment to the Brigg site is positive for the area. As the amount of our energy that comes from renewable sources rightly grows the sort of flexible supply from new gas stations like this one at Brigg will be a crucial part of ensuring energy security and supply across peaks of demand.”
Managed remotely from Centrica’s new Energy Control Centre in Peterborough, the plant will typically run for a few hours a day and will be maintained by the local team. A second 50MW plant in Peterborough has also been completed today.