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Centrica starts construction of 100MWh UK BESS project at decommissioned gas power plant site

By George Heynes

Centrica Business Solutions will convert a decommissioned gas-fired power station in Lincolnshire, England, into a 100MWh battery storage facility.

Working in partnership with GE, the company has started construction of the battery storage project at Brigg and will provide energy storage for 43 onshore wind farms across the county.

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In doing so, this will optimise the performance of the renewable energy generation projects and provide a means to store the green energy for when demand increases.

“Investing in low-carbon energy assets that boost the UK’s ability to store more renewable energy is key to getting to net zero,” said Greg McKenna, managing director of Centrica Business Solutions.

“Lincolnshire has 242MW of onshore wind power capacity, but when supply outstrips demand some of those green electrons will go to waste if not stored. Working with GE we’ll store green energy produced locally and use it as efficiently as possible.”

The battery storage system will be supplied by GE and will provide grid support and energy services to both provide stability to the grid and ensure the renewable energy is used optimally. 

Brigg represents the largest investment in battery storage capacity Centrica has made to date. The site will be operational in late 2023 with plans to run the site for 25 years.

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