CCGT Power Plants in Northern England
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: ConocoPhillips
Configuration: 730-MW combined-cycle CHP with two 1+1 blocks, 9001FA gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2004
HRSG supplier: Nooter
T/G supplier: GE, Tosi
EPC: Foster Wheeler Energy, Kier
Quick facts:
This £350mn cogeneration plant on the south bank of the Humber River supplies steam and electricity to the Humber Refinery. The plant has two auxiliary boilers. Excess steam goes to the Total's Lindsey Refinery and excess electricity is fed into the grid.

Photograph courtesy of ConocoPhillips
Posted 4 Nov 2004


Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: Scottish and Southern Energy
Configuration: 720-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle with 9001FA gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 1996
HRSG supplier: Babcock Energy
T/G supplier: GE, GEC-Alstom
EPC: John Brown Engineering
Quick facts: This CCGT plant was built on a former site of a coal-fired power station. The plant was commissioned on 22 Jan 1996 by Scottish Hydro Electric and NORWEB. Scottish Hydro bought out NORWEB (then United Utilities)in Mar 1997 for £253m. In 1999, Scottish Hydro applied to add another 770MW of capacity at Keadby but this plan did not advance. A 25-MW black-start gas turbine was added in 2001. The main stacks are 60m tall. Keadby is connected to the grid via a 400kV link.

Photograph by Gordon Neal Brooke (geograph)
Posted 1 Jun 2008


Location: Cheshire

Operator: Intergen
Configuration: 750-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle CHP with GT26A gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1998
HRSG supplier: Alstom
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: This industrial site in Runcorn was acquired by Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in the 1960s, but has been an important industrial center for about 200 years. The Ineos chlor-alkali works now consume about as much electricity as Liverpool and the CCGT plant provides 300 MW to ICI with the balance sold to SSE under a 15yr contract. Rocksavage was InterGen’s first exclusively-owned and operated project, and it represented the largest such non-recourse financing arranged and underwritten by a single UK bank to that date -- £358mn by Credit Suisse. The project was very fast track. First funding was received only 12mos after being proposed in mid-1995, and financial closure took only another three and a half months. Construction was guaranteed to be complete 26.5 months after the award of the EPC contract in Jan 1996 and the plant was opened by the Queen in Jul 1998.

Photograph by and © David Kitching. All rights reserved.
Posted 18 Apr 2007

Location: Cumbria
Operator: Centrica plc
Configuration: 229-MW, 1+1 combined-cycle, Type 13 gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1991
HRSG supplier: CMI, ICL
T/G supplier: ABB, DePretto Escher Wyss
EPC: McAlpine, Stone & Webster
Quick facts: This was the first IPP built in the UK after privatization. The brownfield site previously housed the CEGB Roosecote coal-fired-plant (4 X 32 MW, online 1953/54) Construction on the CCGT plant started in 1989, first firing was in Apr 1991, and the plant was commissioned in Nov 1991 for owner Edison Mission Energy. In May 2003, Centrica Energy purchased Roosecote for £24mn. At the time, the plant had been in receivership and non-operational for over 6mos. The site is adjacent to Centrica's Barrow gas terminals.

Photograph by Roy P Chatfield and courtesy of Norweb
Posted 14 Feb 2003

Location: Yorkshire
Operator: International Power
Configuration: 3 X 400 MW single-shaft combined-cycle blocks with M701F gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2000
HRSG supplier: BBP
T/G supplier: MHI, Alstom
EPC: MHI, Raytheon
Quick facts: Saltend It supplies power and steam to BP Amoco’s nearby Hull chemical works and exports power to the grid. Gas is supplied by BP Amoco, which originally launched project development in 1996. Development was later taken over by Entergy and in August 2001, the large U.S. power plant developer Calpine made its debut in the U.K. by buying the plant for £562mn. Credit Suisse First Boston was financial advisor on the deal. In July 2005, a 70:30 joint venture of International Power and Mitsui bought Saltend for £500mn.

Photograph courtesy of Calpine
Posted 28 May 2002

Seal Sands
Location: Durham
Operator: px Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 50 MW Trent gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1997
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce
EPC: Rolls-Royce
Quick facts: This was the first Trent in simple-cycle service.

Photograph courtesy of Rolls-Royce
Posted 26 Feb 2005

South Humber
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: Centrica Energy
Configuration: 1,260-MW combined-cycle, one 3+1 block and one 2+1 block, Type 13E2 gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1994-1997
HRSG supplier: CMI, ICL
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: IVO, Kier
Quick facts: The project was originally developed by Fortum, Midlands Electricity, Tomen, and Alstom. In May 2001, Centrica bought a 60% share for an effective price of £374/kW and the remaining 40% share was bought from plant fuel supplier Total in Sep 2005 for €46.5mn, or €294/kW. The site is at Stallingborough on the Humber estuary near Grimsby about 15km downstream from the Killingholme combined-cycles. The plant has once-through cooling using a deepwater, offshore intake. Non-recourse financing for Phase I was in the form of a £520mn credit facility provided by ABN Amro, CIBC, National Westminster Bank, and Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). In Nov 1996, Fortum signed a financing agreement with Midland Bank and National Westminster for a 510-MW extension and placed the $270mn turnkey order with ABB.

Photograph courtesy of Humber Power
Posted 2 Jun 2001


Sutton Bridge
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: EDF Energy
Configuration: 790-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle with 9001FA+ gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1999
HRSG supplier: SFL
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Atlantic Projects, Stone & Webster
Quick facts: In Jan 1997, Enron Corp announced that it would invest $500mn in a new combined-cycle at Sutton Bridge near Kings Lynn in about 160km north of London. The plant was accepted in May 1999. In March 2000, EDF acquired the facility for $246.6mn.

Photograph courtesy of London Electricity
Posted 29 Apr 2003


Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: Intergen
Configuration: 840-MW combined-cycle, 2+1 block, 9001FA+ gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2004
HRSG supplier: Vogt
T/G supplier: GE, Hitachi
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: In Nov 2000, the government gave Section 36 consent for this project proposed by InterGen and Centrica. In Oct 2001, this was followed by Section 37 consent to National Grid for a short 400kV power line to connect the proposed plant to the grid. Centrica has a gas tolling deal with InterGen for the plant with the fuel from Morecambe Bay. This was Bechtel's third Intergen project in the U.K. The plant is air-cooled and cost $610mn.

Photograph courtesy of
Posted 16 Dec 2006


Location: Durham
Operator: GDF SUEZ Teesside Ltd
Configuration: 1,875-MW combined-cycle, two 4+1 block, M701D5A gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1993
HRSG supplier: Nooter
T/G supplier: MHI, Brush
EPC: Westinghouse, Wimpey
Quick facts: This project was developed by Enron in the early 1990s and was the world's largest CHP when construction was completed. Plant can deliver up to 800 tph of intermediate pressure steam to the adjacent chemical complex. IN 2008, Teesside was sold to a consortium of GDF and Electrabel. The station is now wholly owned by GDF Suez following the merger of these two companies in 2008.

Photograph by Dave Robinson
Posted 21 Apr 2002

Location: Cheshire

Operator: E.ON UK CHP Ltd
Configuration:160-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle CHP with 6001B gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2000
HRSG supplier: Alstom
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Alstom
Quick facts: This scheme in Northwich is one of the larger CHP installations in the UK. In addition to electricity, the plant is capable of supplying 500 tph of steam to Brunner Mond (UK) Ltd soda ash work, at Winnington and Lostock. Natural gas is supplied through an 11km underground pipeline. Steam is sent to the Lostock by two 5km steam mains, where some is used in a steam turbine. In both cases, some of the process steam is returned to the CHP plant as condensate.

Photograph by and © David Kitching. All rights reserved.
Posted 18 Apr 2007

Wilton Cogen
Location: Durham
Operator: SembCorp Utilities (UK) Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 42-MW 6001B gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2004
T/G supplier: GE, Alstom
Quick facts
: The new GT is part of a CHP plant that helps supply power to the Wilton International manufacturing site on Teesside. The business, which employs around 600 people, also has industrial customers at the neighbouring Billingham and North Tees sites. SembCorp acquired the business and assets from Enron Teesside Operations in April 2003.

Photograph courtesy of SembCorp
Posted 12 Mar 2005


Abbreviations:  BBP = Babcock Borsig Power, CC = combined-cycle, CHP = combined heat and power, GE = General Electric , GT = gas turbine, HRSG = heat recovery steam generator, ICL = International Combustion Ltd, IPP = independent power plant, MHI = Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, SFL = Standard Fasel Lentjes, SWPC = Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp, T/G = turbine generator

Updated 06/20/09