Arlington Infrastructure has this week successfully energised its first 20MW gas peaking facility in the UK and will be ready to supply the National Grid with electricity at times of peak demand within the coming days.
The Sheffield based, Chesterfield Project has taken just 6 months to complete thanks to the excellent work by our team and partners, Smith Brothers Contracting Ltd and TLT LLP, and contains 8 gas engines provided by MTU, part of the Rolls Royce Group.
The facility has been constructed to provide electricity to the National Grid at times of peak demand and is the first in our portfolio of 800MW of assets, in planning and construction around the UK, to go live.
As the UK’s reliance on fossil fuel continues to decline in favour of more environmentally sound facilities such as solar and wind, the reliance on power reserves is increasing. With a £300 million funding facility in place, Arlington is rising to this challenge and aims to have at least 300MW of battery storage and gas peaking assets constructed and trading by the end of 2020. With close to 400MW of assets approved for planning to date, Arlington is very well placed to transform the power sector to support sustainable environmental energy sources in the UK.
Patrick Nicholas, Head of Delivery at Arlington said, “The Chesterfield Project came in on budget and within our timeframe, which is a testament to the hard work of our team and partners. It is an important milestone in our journey to help the National Grid supply flexible, low-carbon energy to the UK and we look forward to announcing energising our first 40MW battery storage facility in the coming weeks.”