Diesel and Gas-Engine Power Plants in the U.K.
Ashford Common
Location: Surrey
Operator: Thames Water Utilities
Configuration: 3 X 2 MW 12VP185 engines
Fuel: digester gas
Operation: 1995-1996
E/G supplier: Paxman
Quick facts: These engines are in service at a wastewater treatment plant near London.

Photograph courtesy of MAN B&W
Posted 24 Nov 2007

Location: Wiltshire
Operator: Scottish and Southern Energy plc
Configuration: 1 X 2.05 MW JMS616E0 engine, 3 X 2.72 JMS620E02 engines
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2002
E/G supplier: Jenbacher
EPC: Clarke
Quick facts: This peaking installation was approved in Feb 2001.

Photograph courtesy of gfabaz
Posted 23 May 2009

Location: East London
Operator: E.ON UK CHP Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 12.5-MW 18V46GD engines (ret), 2 X 4.4-MW TCG 2032 V1 engines, CHP
Fuel: natural gas, distillate
Operation: 1991, 2017
E/G supplier: Wartsila, MWM
EPC supplier: E.ON, Wartsila, Edina
Quick facts: Behind this listed facade on Charterhouse Street in the City of London is one of the first, large-scale urban CHP systems in the UK. The building has housed different power and heating facilities since 1893. Citigen has 17 heating connections and a 4mi heating circuti plus a 2.7mi chilled wate circuit. In 2017, E.ON finished a 3yr,£26mn overhaul of the PS and installed two new gas engines in place of the original gensets. The new engines were ordered in Jun 2014.

Photograph courtesy of E.ON
Posted 22 May 2010

Dunbar Landfill
Location: Midlothian
Operator: Viridor Waste Management Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 1.75 MW 1750 GQNA engines
Operation: 2005
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: Cummins
EPC: Cummins
Quick facts: These specially-modified QSV91G gas engines are located at a 193ac landfill east of Edinburgh. The machines have an enlarged fuel delivery systems, double safety gas shutoff valves, and special coatings and bearing materials to withstand corrosive contaminants that can occur in landfill gas. The building is sized for two additional engines and total landfill gas output could eventually support 7 MW of installed capacity. Electricity is sold to a nearby Lafarge Cement works and supplies about 15% of that facility’s requirement at lower cost than grid power. The power plant also derives revenues from renewable obligation certificates (ROCs).

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 26 Sep 2007

Location: Dorset
Operator: Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 250-kW engines
Operation: 2012
Fuel: biogas
E/G supplier: ??
EPC: Weltec Biopower UK
Quick facts: This AD plant is fed by local authority food waste as well as out of date food products. The site is in Piddlehinton. Electricity produced at the facility is fed to an adjacent feed mill and the excess is sold to the National Grid. The digestate produced by the plant is collected and used by local farmers.

Photograph courtesy of Weltec
Posted 3 Sep 2014

Location: Staffordshire
Operator: Lower Reule Bioenergy Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 537-kW engine
Operation: 2010
Fuel: biogas
E/G supplier: ??
EPC: Weltec Biopower UK
Quick facts: This AD plant cost £3mn and was completed in My 2010.

Photograph courtesy of Weltec
Posted 3 Sep 2014

Location: Yorkshire
Operator: Octagon Energy
Configuration: 4 X 1.36 MW TBG620V16K engines
Operation: 2000
Fuel: mines gas
E/G supplier: Deutz
Quick facts: The Hickleton plant cost over £2.5mn.

Photograph courtesy of Octagon Energy Ltd
Posted 4 Mar 2001

King's Cross Central
Location: London
Operator: Kings Corss Central LP
Configuration: 1 X 2-MW engine CHP
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2012
E/G supplier: Jenbacher
Quick facts: This unique paint job was applied on a new Jenbacher engine to promote breast cancer research. The new CHP plant serves all of the 70 buildings at King's Cross, including the University of Arts, the Camden Council building, BNP Paribas Real Estate, and the Great Northern Hotel.

Photograph courtesy of GE Energy
Posted 28 May 2012

Location: Shetland Islands
Operator: Scottish and Southern Energy plc
Configuration: 6 X 3.4-MW, 2 X 8-MW 12PC3, 1 X 12-MW engines
Operation: 1953-1994
Fuel: fuel oil, diesel
E/G supplier: Mirrlees, SEMT, Wartsila
EPC: Alexander Cattanach
Quick facts: Lerwick has been the rimary source of electricity for the Shetlands since the early 1950s. The harborside site is in Gremista just over 1mi norwest of Lerwick town center. The plant also has two 5-MW gas tubines on standby.

Photograph courtesy of www.shetlandtimes.co.uk
Posted 23 Aug 2014

Shakespeare Farm Landfill
Location: England
Operator: Biffa Waste Services Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 960 kW JGC 320GS-LL engine
Operation: 2000
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: Jenbacher
Quick facts: This plant is at St Mary Hoo near Rochester, Kent.

Photograph by Glyn Baker (geograph)
Posted 22 Jun 2008

Stratford City
Location: East London
Operator: Olympic Delivery Authority
Configuration: 2 X 3.3-MW engines CHP
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2010
E/G supplier: Jenbacher
Quick facts: This is one of two gas-engine CHP plants built for power, heating and cooling service for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Photograph courtesy of GE Energy
Posted 9 Nov 2009

Location: Oxfordshire
Operator: Agrivert Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 1.2-MW JGMC 416 GS-BL engines CHP
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2013
E/G supplier: Jenbacher
EPC: Agrivert, Clarke Energy
Quick facts: The Wallingford AD plant operates on long-term contracts with Oxfordshire County Council and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. It also processes commercial food wastes, which include packaged goods. The facility can process over 50,000 tonnes of solid and liquid wastes a year. The CHP plant completed in Jun 2013.

Photograph courtesy of Agrivert Ltd
Posted 11 Aug 2013


Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 30-Jul-2017