Minister Steve Baker visits Little Barford Power Station
Yesterday, Steve Baker, Minister at the Department for Exiting the European Union, visited Little Barford Power Station as part of a business tour.
The visit was a brief opportunity for Mr Baker to meet senior RWE leaders before taking a guided tour around the operational gas power plant. Mr Baker also met the engineers who operate the plant, before attending a roundtable discussion on impacts of Brexit on a company such as RWE.
Little Barford Power Station is a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) station in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, with a generating capacity of 720 MW and at full load can generate enough power for one million homes. It began full commercial operation in 1996 and is part of the largest and most efficient CCGT fleets in the UK, owned and operated by RWE.
Over 2016/2017, RWE invested £18m in a major overhaul at Little Barford to secure the safe and efficient operation of the plant in the UK’s Capacity Market up to 2021; it has enabled the station to be compliant with the latest emissions regulations and extended the life of the power plant until at least 2026.
A previous £100 million mid-life refurbishment in 2012 involved upgrade of the gas turbines, steam turbines, boilers, generators, control systems and balance of plant. This increased total electrical output by over 70 MW, reduced NOx emissions by 40%, and saved 118,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Little Barford has secured contracts for the years 2017-21 in the UK’s Capacity Market and will begin delivery of its first contract on 1st October 2017. It plays an important part in ensuring security of electricity supply for Cambridgeshire and the UK.
Commenting on the visit Tom Glover RWE UK Country Chairman said, ”We were pleased that the Minister visited our operations at Little Barford Power Station and took time to discuss the implications of Brexit. RWE is proud of its CCGT fleet and will continue to provide efficient energy to support the UK energy transition and help deliver secure energy supplies.”
Minister for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker said after his visit: “This was an important opportunity to hear from RWE about the opportunities and challenges that our EU exit poses to Little Barford Power Station and the energy sector more broadly. We are committed to working closely with the sector as part of the work we have done to step up our engagement with businesses across the country.”
Picture L-R, Peter Robinson Little Barford Site Manager, Minister Steve Baker, Tom Glover RWE UK Country Chairman.