Main civil works began at the start of April, with UK civil engineering firm, PJ Carey (Contractors) responsible for the construction of all foundations and walls for the turbine buildings, cooling tower and auxiliary structures in addition to a ring road around the site.
Siemens and SSE are keen to use suppliers from across the UK to deliver this project and will look to engage with experienced companies from the local area where appropriate.
Scunthorpe based civil engineering firm Britcon (UK) has been contracted to provide site development works including the installation of hard standing areas for accommodation as well as the installation of temporary power and water connections for accommodation and the installation of the piling matts.
Prior to main civil works beginning, local Brigg based contractor CLS Civil Engineering worked to demolish existing structures from the former coal fired plant to prepare the ground for construction as well as providing staff to the project to help with day-to-day site activities.
Other firms from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire have also been subcontracted to provide piling works for the new power plant foundations, site accommodation and security.
Wesley Tivnen, Managing Director, Siemens Power and Gas, Energy Solutions UK&I, said: “There is a strong supply chain in the UK and making sure local firms can benefit from this project is really important to both Siemens and SSE. I’m pleased that through events, such as Meet the Buyer, we have been able to build a picture of what skills are available in the area.”
Mark Birley, SSE’s Project Manager for SSE added “We are pleased that Siemens has been able to secure services from companies such as CLS and Britcon, it shows a clear commitment to engaging with local businesses and utilising their services where possible.”
Keadby 2 represents a £350 million investment to introduce a first-of-a-kind, 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 completed, the station will be the most efficient CCGT on the system, with 63% efficiency, enabling the UK to move away from coal in the 2020s and to integrate more renewables into the power grid. The station will help to provide flexible energy generation capacity to the grid, with the turbine able to reach full combined cycle power in 30 minutes.