New £710m gas-fired plant opens in Manchester
A new 880MW gas-fired power station has officially been opened in Greater Manchester.
The £710 million development at Carrington has the capacity to provide power to more than one million homes and businesses.
It has also created 40 permanent jobs on site.
Operator Carrington Power, a subsidiary of ESB, claims it is one of the most efficient thermal plants in the UK, expected to generate four times more electricity than the coal plant formerly located on the site.
The facility will also be able to provide quick back-up power when needed for intermittent generation such as wind and solar.
Energy Minister Jesse Norman said: “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.”