Global resource brings execution certainty | Black & Veatch

UK gas project under budget, hits government auction deadline

Stand-by gas generation project helps UK grid meet challenges of adapting conventional generation to evolving energy market

Global resource brings execution certainty

Project Name
Spalding open-cycle gas turbine
Spalding, Lincolnshire, England

Intergen’s highly flexible Spalding gas turbine plant provides essential back-up for intermittent renewable sources of power generationThe asset adds resilience to the UK electricity network by providing generation capacity rapidly at times of stress.

The plant consists of one unit generating up to 299MW using a Siemens SGT5-4000F gas turbine. Black & Veatch’s role in the creation of this new addition to the UK’s power infrastructure was provision of detailed engineering design and procurement support for the balance of plant.

Spalding was mandated, through the UK government’s Capacity Market Auction process, to be available to generate power at a pre-agreed date. This made on-schedule completion essential. In the event the project was executed on programme and significantly under budget – ready for service when required.

Black & Veatch’s UK team was able to ensure this level of execution certainty by drawing upon resources round-the-clock. As well as UK engineers the project drew upon Black & Veatch’s gas power generation expertise in India.

Between them the team delivered designs, provided procurement support. Technical support during construction of the plant included determining an efficient site layout, producing technical specifications and calculations, consultation with vendors and technical bid analysis.

The ability to develop trusted partner relationships means Black & Veatch has been involved in the creation or maintenance of a significant element of the UK’s active gas turbine power plants. Our ability to add value at every point in the asset lifecycle means clients trust the UK power team to deliver execution certainty for both their conventional and renewable energy projects.

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