EDF Energy has announced the official inauguration of the West Burton combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station and the Teesside offshore wind farm in the UK.
The West Burton CCGT, located adjacent to EDF Energy's existing West Burton A coal fired power station in Nottinghamshire, has three units with a total generating capacity of 1,300MW. The natural gas-fired power station is EDF Group's largest single capital investment project in the UK so far.
EDF Energy has designed the West Burton power station to be an integral part of a balanced energy mix that can flexibly generate electricity when needed, in conjunction with low carbon energy generation like nuclear power and renewables.
The Teesside offshore wind farm, located near Redcar in north-east England, has 27 turbines supplied by Siemens. The wind farm was developed by EDF Energy Renewables, the UK subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, jointly owned with EDF Energy.
Offshore construction work on the Teesside scheme was initiated in February 2012. The project's development, engineering and construction have been entirely handled by EDF Group.
EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz said that the company's investments in West Burton and Teesside have helped build the UK's industrial strength.
Rivaz said, "They have also had a wider economic and social impact in supporting the UK's supply chain. Our skilled, expert engineers, who are dedicated to running plants safely and efficiently, will become increasingly important for the country as we move from our existing generation mix to a low carbon energy future.
"These two new investments have created many more jobs in both regions and will also develop skills and capabilities crucial to supporting the UK's energy infrastructure for decades to come."
Image: EDF officially opens West Burton gas power station and Teesside offshore wind farm. Photo: courtesy of EDF