New 299MW power station plan for South Humber Bank

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Jul 2018

A NEW gas-fired power station is being proposed for the South Bank of the Humber, bringing with it the potential for scores of new jobs.

Existing operator VPI, which bought the refinery-based combined heat and power plant from Phillips 66 in 2013, has revealed a plan for a 299MW facility, which would feed off the existing infrastructure on site.  

Initial consultations will take place next week in Immingham and South Killingholme, with a three-year construction phase anticipated for the multi-million pound project that would add a further 20 per cent to the capacity. With potential to be operating by 2023, it would also use flexible, rapid start-up technology – what is known as open cycle gas turbine generation – allowing it to respond to peak needs and drops in variations in renewables input. 

Such is the strategic nature of the application, that it would require a Development Consent Order from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  The build would also require a new gas supply pipeline and electrical connection works, plans for which appear to cross the recently completed A160. 

Source: https://www.vpi-ocgt.com/project-details/

PROPOSAL: Project details from VPI. Source: www.vpi-ocgt.com

A spokesperson for VPI said: “The UK is increasingly reliant on renewable energy, primarily wind energy, in nature and dependent on weather condition. Gas-fired power stations provide flexibility within the UK’s generation mix, being able to respond rapidly to fluctuations in supply – when the wind isn’t blowing – and ensure that enough electricity is generated. Gas-fired power stations are also cleaner than those using coal or oil and emit significantly lower CO2 emissions per MW than other fossil fuels.

“The project would make a significant contribution to UK electricity supply in terms of both security and flexibility while contributing to the Government’s carbon reduction targets.”

It is being brought forward under the VPI Immingham B Ltd label, and would be located on land north of the existing 1,240 MW facility, off Rosper Road, South Killingholme, itself built in two phases by the US oil giant. 

A first exhibition takes place on Thursday, July 19 at County Hotel, Pelham Road, Immingham, from 1pm to 7pm, and will be replicated at South Killingholme Village Hall, between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, July 21. Further, statutory consultation, is likely to follow in the autumn. 

The Planning Inspectorate is aware of the anticipated application.

​With refineries in the throes of celebrating 50th anniversaries, the South Bank zone has provided a solid platform for the Energy Estuary title. Three gas-fired plants had also been developed and operated, with two of those off Chase Hill Road, but they have subsequently closed.

C.GEN bought one, from Centrica, demolishing it as it secured development consent to build a 470MW power station, with the latest proposal to start construction imminently. 

The purchase of the land secured C.GEN’s access to the electrical grid and connection to the high pressure grid gas network. Capacity Market Auctions in late 2017 and early 2018 were on the horizon, but now announcements have been forthcoming. 

The third gas-fired power plant, South Humber Bank, was acquired by Czech operator EPUKI last year. With a capacity of 1,285MW, it is understood to be finalising a major overhaul to keep it running for another decade at least.

Orsted’s major offshore wind farms, Hornsea Project One and Hornsea Project Two, are both connecting to the National Grid at North Killingholme too, landing more than 2.5GW of power. 

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