What is a CCGT power plant?
Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power generation is currently the most energy efficient and clean method of thermal fuel power generation. The plant uses natural gas to generate electricity and as part of this process the waste heat that is produced is also used to generate electricity, making a CCGT plant highly cost effective and efficient. See also CCGT Technology.
Why choose Carrington as a site for a CCGT power plant?
The “brownfield” site at Carrington is very suitable as a location for a new power station as it has already been used for power generation. It complements the area’s designation in the local development plan and has excellent access to energy infrastructure. See also Location.
Will there be any economic benefit to the area?
During construction, over 600 jobs will be created. Up to 50 people will be employed full-time when the plant is operational and the majority of these positions will be recruited from the local area.
Wherever possible, Carrington Power will use local firms to support the day-to-day operation of the plant. This, along with significant services contracts, represents a significant boost to the local economy. See also Local Community.
How much will it cost to build the power station?
When will the power station be operational?
Following a construction period of approximately 39 months, the new station is scheduled to commence operations in early 2016.
How much electricity will the plant generate?
The plant will have the capability to generate 880MW of electricity, enough to meet the energy needs of one million homes.
What fuel will be used?
Will there be any smells from the plant when it is operational?
No. Natural gas is a clean burning fuel, compared to other fossil fuels such as coal or oil.
Will there be much noise from the plant when it is operational?
The Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Permit limits the noise impact allowed by the station. However, any noise produced by the plant’s turbines should be almost imperceptible at the site boundary.
What steps are being taken to minimise disturbance to Carrington and the surrounding area?
During operation of the plant natural gas will be delivered via an underground pipe and electricity will be transported via existing overhead lines. Disruption to traffic will, therefore, be kept to a minimum during operation.
There will be a number of key deliveries during the construction period, such as gas turbines and generators. These deliveries will be coordinated with local police and the Highways Authority, and will take place during off-peak traffic times. A detailed ‘Workers Travel Plan’, agreed with TMBC (Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council), will be implemented to minimise the impact of construction traffic on the local road network.
What measures will be in place to minimise the environmental impact of the plant?
The plant will be using the very latest technology so will be one of the most efficient and cleanest conventional power stations in the UK. In addition, a comprehensive environmental monitoring programme, covering air, marine and noise pollution will be in place and enforced. For example, the water coming into and out of the plant from the Shipping Canal will be monitored and reported on to the Environment Agency to ensure that fish and other aquatic life are safeguarded.
How secure and safe will the plant be?
During both the construction and operation of the plant, strict heath and safety regulations will be enforced to minimise the potential of accidents at work. In addition, entry and exit to the site is strictly controlled. A commitment to health and safety is an integral part of Carrington Power, and one that will be enforced with all contractors during the construction of the power station.