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Wärtsilä delivers two gas engine plants to Centrica in UK

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Finnish technology group Wartsila has delivered two new gas engine plants to UK-based energy and services company Centrica.

Located at Brigg and Peterborough in the UK, the two gas engine plants with 50MW capacity each have now entered commercial operation.

In January last year, Wärtsilä was selected to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions for both sites.

Wärtsilä Energy Solutions senior business development manager Bent Iversen said: “Today, renewable power sources provide roughly a quarter of the country’s total generation capacity, compared to 5% in 2006, and the share is increasing all the time. To support this trend, fast-starting, flexible generation is essential.”

The two gas engine plants have been equipped with five Wärtsilä 34SG engines, which run on the natural gas to generate electricity.

The plants have been designed to balance grid stability and jointly generate electricity sufficient to power 100,000 homes.

Centrica Business Solutions distributed power systems director Mark Futyan said: “We’re pleased to open these two new plants, which will help meet the UK’s changing energy needs and ultimately support the transition to a low carbon future by providing an important back up to the renewable generation.

“We’re seeing increasing demand for flexible power so this is an important demonstration of how we can help our customers to navigate the new energy landscape and deliver a variety of end-to-end solutions including onsite generation, demand-side response and energy storage.”

The project is said to in line with the Centrica’s strategy to de-centralise power production in order to ease the integration of intermittent renewable capacity, notably solar and wind power.