At, 31 September 2016 SSE had an ownership interest in 8,069 MW of thermal generation plant in Great Britain and Ireland, comprising (net):
- 5, 305MW of gas-fired and oil-fired generation (GB and Ire)
- 1,995MW of coal-fired generation (GB)
MAKING THE RIGHT INVESTMENT DECISIONS IN GAS-FIRED POWER STATIONS
SSE supports recent plans from the UK Government to encourage investment in new gas-fired generation. SSE will continue to develop options for new stations, including Keadby 2 in Lincolnshire, which has prequalified for the December 2016 Capacity Market auction. Abernedd, in Port Talbot, was not prequalified but SSE submitted an application to BEIS in August 2016 to vary the planning consent to allow an OCGT station of up to 299MW.
SSE’s Wholesale business intends to responded to the formal invitation to tender for providing a new energy solution for Shetland.
MANAGING COAL-FIRED POWER STATIONS
SSE operates one wholly-owned coal-fired power station, at Fiddler’s Ferry (Cheshire, 1,995MW). In March 2016 Fiddler’s Ferry successfully secured a contract to provide ancillary services to National Grid. The one-year contract, which ends on 1 April 2017, covers one of the three available units at the site. It was secured following SSE’s response to an invitation to tender issued by National Grid. In addition, one unit at the station will provide SBR services to National Grid for the winter of 2016/17.
GENERATING ELECTRICITY FROM ‘MULTI-FUEL’
SSE’s generation strategy is built upon managing risk through owning a diverse range of assets and fuels from which to meet the needs of customers. Multi fuel remains an important part of that strategy.
Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL) (the SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. 50:50 joint venture) operates a 68MW multi-fuel generation facility known as Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) in Knottingley, West Yorkshire. The station has taken on capacity obligations for 2018/19 and 2019/20 and has pre-qualified for the 2017/18 and 2020/21 Capacity Market auctions.
Construction has commenced at SSE’s Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) project after the Final Investment Decision was taken in June 2016. The project is being built next to the FM1 facility. The completed plant will be able to generate around 70MW of electricity, enough to power around 170,000 homes. It has prequalified for the 2020/21 Capacity Market auction.