AN ENERGY company is expanding with the construction of a 20MW hydrogen-ready gas-fired peaking plant in Redditch.
Centrica, which owns British Gas, has acquired a decommissioned power plant in the town, and plans to install eight UK-manufactured containerised engines, capable of burning natural gas.
The plant is expected to be operational later this year and will be used to meet high or peak electricity demands or to supplement low renewable energy generation.
The Redditch plant will be able to power 2,000 homes for a full day when necessary, contributing to grid stability and reliability.
The engines used in the plant will also be capable of burning a mix of natural gas and hydrogen, making the Redditch plant future-proof and assisting the UK’s shift to a decarbonised energy system.
Gregory McKenna, managing director at Centrica Business Solutions said: “As we transition to a renewable led grid, gas-fired power plants like the one at Redditch will help meet the UK’s fluctuating energy demands.”