The Carrington power station has become Britain’s first new large gas-fired plant to come online since 2013.

The plant’s owner, Irish utility ESB, said that the 880MW development “will be one of the most flexible plants, providing fast back-up to intermittent wind and solar generation when it is needed most”. Planning permission for the project was granted in 2008, with construction beginning five years later.

The project is significant as it is one of the first new energy projects to be supported by the government’s capacity market, which offers generators payments to ensure back up power capacity is available. ESB has secured a contract under the scheme to provide capacity during the winter of 2019-20.

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