Saturday, February 27, 2021

Smith Brothers set to fire up 20MW gas peaking plant

Yorkshire-headquartered Smith Brothers Contracting is well underway with the design, build and energisation of a 20MW gas peaking power plant in Ebbw Vale, Wales.

The five-month project on behalf of developer Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is due to be connected to the Western Power Distribution (WPD) network in February 2021.

It will see Smith Brothers managing all EPC works, alongside the balance of plant for the private network – which encompasses all supporting components and auxiliary systems needed to deliver the energy, alongside the generation units themselves.

The scope of works includes full civil and electrical design, procurement of electrical equipment for the private network, construction of the gas peaking power plant, installation of switchgear, transformers and generators, and final testing of all components prior to energisation.

Matt Selkirk, project manager at Smith Brothers Contracting, said: “Smith Brothers is working on several gas peaking projects at present, and it’s a sector we’re becoming increasingly well-regarded for.

“Although the timescales are particularly tight on this delivery – with Christmas thrown in the middle of the schedule – we’re looking forward to seeing the site energised early this year.

“We are currently working on four similar projects with Quinbrook – Wednesbury, Itchen, Basildon and Station Road, and hope this is a partnership which will continue long into the future.”

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