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Energy Minister officially opens new gas power station

A new gas-fired power station in Carrington, Greater Manchester, was officially opened today by the Energy Minister Jesse Norman.

Energy Minister Jesse Norman on a tour of the facility
Energy Minister Jesse Norman on a tour of the facility

Operated by Carrington Power, a subsidiary of ESB, the site is located 12km south of Manchester City Centre and uses natural gas to generate enough power to meet the electricity needs of more than one million homes in the Greater Manchester area.

The project’s approach to sustainability was shortlisted for a UK corporate responsibility award in 2014. The Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey run alongside the power station, and during construction barge transport was used for heavy loads such as gas turbines.

Energy Minister Jesse Norman said:

This welcome investment by ESB in Carrington is already delivering secure electricity to over a million homes and businesses.

New power stations like this complement low-carbon wind and solar renewable energy by providing reliable electricity all year round, whatever the weather or time of day. And this investment has created skilled jobs for the area as well.

Published 13 March 2017