Trafford Power CCGT: embracing capture readiness1 April 2010
The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has approved plans for a 1520 MW combined cycle power station in Carrington, Greater Manchester which, Carlton Power, its developer, claims, “will be the first in Europe to embrace Article 33 of the EU Directive on the Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide.”
The £950 million plant, called Trafford Power, will be developed on the site of the old coal-fired Carrington power station that was demolished in 1991. It will be located alongside another gas-fired power station, the 860 MW Carrington Energy Centre, 85% owned by ESBI and 15% by Carlton Power, which gained planning consent in 2008 and is slated to start construction this year, with commercial operation in 2014.
Trafford Power is described as “the first installation in the UK to be permitted with an integrated end to end design for the capture and storage of carbon.” Carlton Power says it has worked closely with many bodies including international carbon capture technology companies, the Environment Agency and DECC to ensure that its proposals are both technically and economically feasible and can be implemented when the technology becomes commercially available.
The power plant will also include fast starting open cycle gas turbine generators, capable of reaching full power in less than 20 minutes, providing more than 5% of the Short Term Operational Reserve (STOR) identified by the UK National Grid as essential to support the continued development of both onshore and offshore wind projects in the UK and the next generation of nuclear power stations. This is part of National Grid’s “Gone Green” planning strategy designed to deliver the government’s CO2 reduction targets over the next 15 years.
Trafford Power also has the potential to provide heat to neighbouring businesses, further increasing its efficiency.
Carlton Power has previously successfully developed over 2700 MW of installed capacity spread over six projects, including newly built power stations at Langage near Plymouth, which is now operational and owned by Centrica, and Enfield, now owned by E.On, which has been in service since 2001.