Peterhead

  • Category: Thermal
  • Energy type: Gas
  • Project type: Asset

Peterhead power station began operating in 1982. In 2000, the station completed a major repowering project to increase its efficiency and capacity. Three gas turbines were used in an innovative manner to provide steam to one of the original steam turbines. Peterhead is one of the largest power stations in Scotland.

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Peterhead Non Proving Run - Wednesday 5th November

04 November 2014

On Tuesday 28th October 2014 SSE agreed a one-year contract with the National Grid to provide, through the recently introduced Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) service, backup reserve of up to 780MW of capacity from its Peterhead power station in Aberdeenshire.

On Wednesday 5th November Peterhead will carry out a one-off non-proving run as permitted under the terms of its SBR contract.  The run has been approved, and will be facilitated, by National Grid.  

The plant will generate throughout the day, gradually increasing its output until the evening peak period when it will generate at 740MW for just over two hours. Once this non-proving run has been completed, Peterhead will remove itself from service and be unavailable to the market unless called upon by National Grid, in accordance with the terms of its SBR contract.

 

Statement on Peterhead SBR contract

28 October 2014

SSE has today (Tuesday 28 October) agreed a one-year contract with the National Grid to provide backup reserve of up to 780MW of capacity from its Peterhead power station in Aberdeenshire.

The contract is a result of National Grid's tender for the Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) service, aimed at UK-wide generation plant not otherwise available to the energy market due to the difficult market conditions facing traditional thermal generation plant.  The station will be prevented from business-as-usual participation in the electricity market, with capacity available only if called upon by National Grid.

The new contract replaces a pre-existing agreement with National Grid to provide ancillary services in the north of Scotland, announced in May 2014*. The previous contract had prevented Peterhead from running unless required by National Grid which means today's announcement requires no change to the station's current operating status, including no adverse impact on jobs.

Today's announcement does not affect the ongoing major investment work at Peterhead to improve the station's flexibility and efficiency, scheduled to continue as planned during 2014/15.

The pioneering Carbon Capture and Storage project at Peterhead, currently being developed by Shell UK with support from SSE, is also unaffected by today's announcement.

 




SSE and National Grid sign one year contract at SSE’s Peterhead power station

19 May 2014

SSE and National Grid have signed a one year contract for SSE’s Peterhead power station to provide ancillary support services to the electricity system in the north of Scotland. 

The contract will allow National Grid to call up to 780MW of Peterhead’s 1180MW capacity to provide these support services – but prevents the plant from business-as-usual participation in the electricity market.  Its capacity will therefore be unavailable to the market unless called by National Grid.  

The award of the contract will not impact SSE’s £15m investment to improve the stations flexibility and efficiency. This investment will continue as planned in 2014/15.  Nor will it impact on the proposed Carbon Capture and Storage project at Peterhead, which Shell UK is developing with SSE’s support. None of the jobs at the plant will be affected.

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