‘Our mission is to deliver the flexible electricity solutions that everyone relies on in a low-carbon world…’
The UK is set to become home to one of the world’s largest battery projects, with Scotland-based company InterGen having been given the green light to build a facility. It will be located at DP World London Gateway, a state-of-the-art deep-sea port and logistics park, on the Thames Estuary.
InterGen has been granted consent for the project by the UK Government’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. The facility requires an investment of £200 million and will provide at least 320MW/640MWh of capacity, with potential to expand to 1.3GWh, which is more than 10 times the size of the largest battery currently operating in the UK. The InterGen project forms a key element in the UK’s ambition to transition to net-zero.
When fully charged, the battery could power up to 300,000 homes for two hours. However, it will mainly be used to support and stabilise existing electricity supplies.
Construction work on the so called Gateway Project is due to start in 2022 with the battery becoming operational in 2024. InterGen is also exploring a further large battery project at its site in Spalding, Lincolnshire. This battery would have a capacity of 175MW/350MWh; planning permissions are already in place for this facility.
InterGen Chief Executive Officer, Jim Lightfoot, commented ‘Our mission is to deliver the flexible electricity solutions that everyone relies on in a low-carbon world, and this project is a major statement of intent.’