First gas power plant in UK for three years activated
26 September, 2016
Irish utility ESB has started operation at the Carrington gas-fired power plant in Manchester.
The 880MW facility has already secured a contract for power for the winter of 2019/20 under the capacity market scheme.
The scheme will start when supply is too low to meet demand, for instance when renewable energy sources fail to produce enough power or when thermal power plants close or have failures.
Britain needs several new power plants over the next decade to replace its ageing power fleet.
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