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Spalding Power Station expansion work completed 'safely and on time', say InterGen




The £100million expansion of Spalding Power Station is now complete, giving it the capacity to provide electricity to nearly 1.5million homes.

InterGen, which owns the West Marsh Road site, confirmed that that a new 300MW natural gas-fired system is up and running, having been built safely and on time.

Work started in March 2018 and the power station’s total capacity has gone up from 945MW to nearly 1.2 gigawatt (GW).

Spalding Power Station now has the capacity to provide electricity for up to 1.5million homes.Photo: TIM WILSON): SG-020219-011TW
Spalding Power Station now has the capacity to provide electricity for up to 1.5million homes.Photo: TIM WILSON): SG-020219-011TW

Jim Lightfoot, InterGen’s chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to have completed this expansion to our power station in Spalding and we greatly enjoy being a part of the local community here.

"It has been accommodating to us ever since construction began on the original site back in 2001."

The expansion site, which is next to the main power station, is due to be used "flexibly rather than consistently", according to InterGen.

The Spalding Energy Expansion project to build a 300mw open-cycle gas turbine is now complete.Photo: TIM WILSON): SG-020219-16TW
The Spalding Energy Expansion project to build a 300mw open-cycle gas turbine is now complete.Photo: TIM WILSON): SG-020219-16TW

As a result, it will provide essential back-up for renewable sources of generation, such as wind and solar, helping to meet times of high demand and covering periods of low wind or sunshine.

This is turn means that more renewable electricity generation can be built without increasing the risk of power cuts.

Mr Lightfoot said: "Spalding is doing more than ever not only to keep the lights on, but to support the transition to a zero-carbon economy as well.”

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