A new 844MW gas-fired power station, built by ESB, has been officially opened at Carrington near Manchester.

The €820mn plant took three years to construct, and is the first new large-scale high-efficiency gas power station to come onto the British electricity grid since 2013. ESB said it was one of the most efficient thermal plants in the UK, at 58% efficiency.

Speaking at the opening on 13 March, energy minister Jesse Norman said: “This welcome investment by ESB in Carrington is already delivering secure electricity to over a million homes and businesses. New power stations like this complement low-carbon wind and solar renewable energy by providing reliable electricity all year round, whatever the weather or time of day. And this investment has created skilled jobs for the area as well.”

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