A new 884-megawatt power station has been opened in Carrington, Greater Manchester. With the capacity to power over one million homes and businesses, Carrington Power Station is the first large-scale combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant of its kind to come online in Great Britain since 2013.

Run by independent power company ESB, the £710 million power station is said to be one of the most efficient thermal plants in the UK at 58 per cent efficiency. It will generate four times more electricity than the coal plant formerly located on the site, and will provide 40 permanent jobs.

As well as providing 884MW of reliable baseload electricity, Carrington Power Station will be one of the most flexible plants, providing fast back-up when it is needed most to intermittent wind and solar generation.

Following three years of construction, the plant became fully operational in September 2016. It was officially opened on 13 March 2017 by the UK Minister for Energy, Jesse Norman MP, who said: “This welcome investment by ESB is already delivering secure electricity to over a million homes and businesses. New power stations like this complement low carbon wind and solar renewable energy by providing reliable electricity all year round, whatever the weather or time of day."

Ellvena Graham, Chairman of ESB, added: “This new power station comes into operation at a time when efficient, reliable and flexible power plants such as Carrington are increasingly needed to ensure security of electricity supplies into the future.“

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In addition to Carrington, ESB operates a 350MW gas generation plant in Corby and has plans for a 1,650MW gas-fired power station at Knottingley in West Yorkshire. Its renewable energy portfolio includes three onshore wind farms at Fullabrook (66MW), Mynydd y Betws (37.5MW) and West Durham (24MW), as well as a £190 million, 40MW waste wood biomass plant being built at Tilbury in Essex in partnership with the Green Investment Bank which will commence operations later this year.

Photo: ESB Group / Greg Harding