UK-based utilities company Centrica has received 15-year capacity market agreements to develop a series of flexible power facilities for the generation of more than 500MW of new capacity in the country.

Commencing in October 2020, the new projects include a 370MW combined-cycle gas turbine at King’s Lynn in Norfolk and a 49MW battery storage plant at Roosecote in Cumbria.

In addition, there is an agreement for two 50MW fast-response distributed generation gas-fired facilities at Brigg in North East Lincolnshire and Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.

Centrica's distributed energy and power business managing director Jorge Pikunic said: “We’re very pleased to be in a position to make these important investments in new flexible generation and battery storage, which will play a crucial role in securing power supplies and supporting network stability as more renewables come online.

"We’re very pleased to be in a position to make these important investments in new flexible generation and battery storage."

“We believe there is also an opportunity for businesses and other large energy users to get involved, which is why we’re helping them unlock new revenue streams and make their sites more resilient by installing their own on-site facilities, or by optimising their existing energy assets.”

With construction expected to commence in spring next year, the new plants will be designed to cater to power needs during peak times.

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Being one of the world’s largest of its kind, the 49MW battery storage facility will be able to supply electricity to approximately 50,000 homes, responding to fluctuations in demand in less than a second.

Using gas engines to generate power, the two new fast response plants will be able to produce enough energy for around 100,000 homes within two minutes.

The combined-cycle gas plant at King’s Lynn will be able to cater to the electricity demands of more than 370,000 households.

Image: Roosecote’s 49MW battery storage plant. Photo: courtesy of Centrica.