Arlington begins on-site construction of its first major project, a 20MW Gas Peaking facility with its 40MW Battery Storage asset following on shortly behind. Both projects will be operational for October 2019. All 20MW’s of engines are set to arrive in the UK by the end of April, with a number already here.
Arlington Infrastructure Ltd, the owner of both projects, has decided to select MTU (part of the Rolls Royce Group) to provide the gas engines for its 20MW Chesterfield Road site. Arlington appointed Smith Brothers Contracting Ltd to provide the EPC/ICP wrap, whereby all procurement activities are managed by their experienced commercial team based in Elland.
Patrick Nicholas, Head of Delivery at Arlington said “Arlington are proud to be working with Smith Brothers who have a vast amount of experience in the United Kingdom. They have an extremely good understanding and relationship with the various Electrical Distribution Network Operators as well as the Gas Distribution Network Operators”.
TLT LLP, based in London, acted on behalf of Arlington Infrastructure to advise on and negotiate the EPC contract. Arlington has worked extremely closely with TLT on a number of activities, and is keen to progress this as the portfolio grows further. Nick Pincott, Partner at TLT said “The UK energy market is currently undergoing rapid change, making investment in new build projects challenging for many. We are therefore all the more delighted to be working so closely with Arlington on these gas and battery projects, as well as the upcoming projects in the portfolio pipeline.”
Arlington is excited about the future of the UK energy market. The energy market is undergoing considerable change with many major power stations being decommissioned early or being postponed/cancelled. Given the Capacity Market standstill position, it has been a challenging time for the energy industry in the UK, with the more typical revenue streams of Frequency Response and STOR also becoming quickly saturated and devalued. This has led to Arlington having to approach the market in a new and innovative manner, working closely with trading partners and procurement providers.