EDF opens 62 MW wind power farm, 1.3 GW gas power station

Source:EDF

Teesside offshore wind farm EDF West Burton combined cycle gas turbine power station

EDF has officially opened the West Burton combined cycle gas turbine power station and the Teesside offshore wind power farm in the UK.

EDF Energy Renewables’ Teesside offshore wind farm near Redcar is the first offshore wind farm where the development, engineering and construction have been entirely led by EDF Group companies. Its 27 turbines can produce 62 MW of electricity, enough to supply all the homes in Redcar, Marske and Saltburn. EDF Energy Renewables operates wind turbines with a capacity of 462 MW and has 1,500MW of projects in development.

The gas-fired power station at West Burton in Nottinghamshire is EDF Group’s largest single capital investment project in the UK so far and has a capacity of 1.3 GW (1,300 MW), enough electricity to supply 1.5 million homes.

West Burton gas power station is designed to be an integral part of a balanced energy mix, which can flexibly generate electricity when needed, in conjunction with low carbon energy generation like nuclear power and renewables. To contribute to this mix, EDF Energy has invested around £3.5 billion (US$5.8 billion) in the UK over the past three years.

These investments include:

  • Extending the lives of its 15 existing nuclear reactors so they can safely continue to produce low carbon electricity for longer
  • Preparing for the first new nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley Point C.
  • Building new gas storage facilities Hilltop Farm, Cheshire
  • Keeping its two coal power stations in operation to help keep the lights on until new forms of low carbon energy are ready to take their place.

 “Opening two new energy generating projects is proof that the UK is a strong focus for new energy investment, and the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind,” said Minister for Energy Michael Fallon.  “These projects will create hundreds of local jobs in the North East and Nottinghamshire, boosting long-term growth. The home-grown energy they produce will also help to reduce our reliance on expensive imports.”

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