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Multi-million pound contracts awarded for first-of-its-kind £350m gas power station

Two UK firms have won multi-million pound contracts with Siemens on the world-leading gas-fired power station now emerging in northern Lincolnshire.

Ledwood Mechanical Engineering and Engenda Group will deliver piping installation and main electrical infrastructure for the Keadby Two combined cycle development for SSE, a £350 million development alongside an existing power station and onshore wind farm.

The first-of-its-kind technology deployment will bring high efficiency gas-fired generation technology to the UK. It will be constructed as a full turnkey solution by Siemens, who will also provide plant servicing under a 15-year contract once it is generating in 2022.

It is part of the strategic move away from coal – with a deadline set of 2024 – while helping integrate more renewables into the power grid. The station will help to provide flexible energy generation capacity, with the turbine able to reach full power – 840MW – in 30 minutes, supporting a city the size of Sheffield.

Wesley Tivnen, managing director of power generation, for Siemens Gas and Power, said: “We are committed to making sure the UK supply chain benefits from this project, and that local people with the with the skills needed can work on the site. Construction is starting to ramp up now as we ready ourselves for the delivery of the turbine, later this year.”

Ledwood, based in Pembrokeshire Wales, won a competitive tender to install the balance of plant piping – the pipes which feed in the water and steam to the first-of-its type HRSG boiler and turbine.

Mark Birley, Keadby Two project director for SSE, pictured with Wesley Tivnen, managing director of Seimens Power Generation, the appointed contractor to deliver the world-leading 840MW gas-fired power station in North Lincolnshire.
The pair are pictured outside the steam turbine house, the element at the fore of the main image.
Mark Birley, Keadby Two project director for SSE, pictured with Wesley Tivnen, managing director of Seimens Power Generation, the appointed contractor to deliver the world-leading 840MW gas-fired power station in North Lincolnshire. The pair are pictured outside the steam turbine house, the element at the fore of the main image.
(Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)

Around 1,200 tonnes of piping, including 700 tonnes of modularised piping skids, will need to be installed at the power station measuring a total of around 10 miles. Work is underway.

Nick Revell, managing director of Ledwood, a company behind major installations at Total Lindsey Oil Refinery further down the Humber Bank, said: “We are delighted to have secured such a prestigious contract that enables us to be among the first mechanical engineering companies to be involved in the installation of this new technology. We have had a long-term relationship with Siemens and look forward to actively contributing to the successful delivery of this project.”

A total of 400 people are now on site, as both contracts get underway.

The Immingham team of Runcorn-based Engenda will install the main electrical components on site. These include all the main electrical components to the site, from the installation and routing of cable containment ti the installation, termination, testing and certification of electrical cables for medium voltage and low voltage power, as well as control and instrumentation across the whole plant.  Mobilising now, works will continue through to November.

Keadby Two Power Station under construction.
Keadby Two Power Station under construction.
(Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)

Lee Foundation, Engenda’s managing director, said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of this highly prestigious project that is not only a long-awaited and important development of the Keadby Two Power Station, but as a business with a strong local presence we also welcome this significant investment to the surrounding community which will significantly aid the retention and development of vital trades skills in the area.”

Immingham business unit head, Alan Armiger, added: “It’s great for us to be involved at the heart of a project that will utilise the very latest technology in high efficiency gas-fired power generation, the like of which will help pave the way forward for the latest generation of cleaner and more efficient installations around the UK and abroad.”

The latest contracts mean the total now held by UK firms stands at 84 per cent, with 28 per cent within a work commute belt, such as Immingham.

Further contracts await to be awarded, following on from PJ Carey, CLS and Britcon for civils and demolition, and Actavo for access at height. Germany’s Schone and Bruns, a long-term partner of Siemens, won steelworks, with Spain’s Babcock Montajes on boiler erection.

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