Alternative Energy

£78m net zero flexible power generation scheme

1st December 2021
Beatrice O'Flaherty

Specialist high voltage engineering and contracting firm Smith Brothers, has been appointed to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) expertise to a portfolio of projects – designed to support the transition towards more sustainable power generation and net zero.

The £78m programme – a joint venture between LMPH and Victory Hill – represents a commitment to fund innovative net zero flexible power generation projects in the UK.

Under the scope of works, Smith Brothers will provide EPC support in relation to the pair of planned combined heat and power plants, which will bring together high-efficiency, gas-fired engine technology with a carbon capture and re-use system – to provide a clean, net-zero, flexible, and dependable electricity solution for the UK.

The Yorkshire-headquartered electrical engineering specialist will also act as the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) for the new 10MW, 33kV Western Power Distribution (WPD) loop connection at the Rhodesia site in Nottinghamshire.

Once operational, the projects will produce highly efficient flexible power, which will help secure the supply within the UK electricity grid and contribute to the growth in renewable generation capacity.

Alan Hoyle, project manager, of Smith Brothers added: “This carbon capture project is the first project of its kind in the UK and represents the future of power generation – if we’re to achieve our nation’s net zero ambitions. As such, we’re delighted to be joining such a powerhouse of organisations to deliver on this vital scheme.”

Richard Lum, Co-CIO of Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP said: "The UK harbours ambitious plans to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and is rightly increasing capacity for renewable power generation. At the same time, fossil fuel generators continue to leave the system.

“While admirable, the situation risks creating a perfect storm for system interruptions if supply from weather-dependent renewable sources is unable to keep-up with accelerating demand for electricity in the coming decades.

“The aim of this portfolio is to ensure the UK electricity grid can meet growing demand and keep the lights on without resorting to excessive levels of harmful fossil fuels, as it becomes increasingly reliant on renewable power. These projects will provide a highly efficient, flexible source of power that can be called upon when needed, and at short notice, to plug any shortfall in power generation from wind or solar."

Six months of design work is already underway, with work scheduled to begin on site in summer 2022, and energisation expected in 2023.

Smith Brothers joins some of the world's leading industrial technology companies as part of the delivery, including Rolls Royce/Yellow Power, Swedish industrial group, Climeon, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group subsidiary Turboden based in Italy, and privately-held Swiss Carbon Capture technology manufacturer, ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd.

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