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Wainstones Energy Ltd (WEL) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Carlton Power) received a Section 36 Consent from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to construct a 1,520MW gas-fired power station to be known as Trafford Power Station on the former coal-fired Carrington Power Station site in April 2010.

Further to this, on 19 November 2014, WEL secured consent under Section 36(c) of the Electricity Act to increase the output of Trafford Power to 2060 MW. The 2014 Consent included a description of the plant to further define the 2060 MW to contain up to 1800 MW of Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) and 260 MW of Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGT).  WEL now wish to further vary the consent to reflect the final design configuration for the project.

In accordance with the current Section 36 consent for the project the plant will comprise three CCGT units. Due to improvements in the proposed ‘H’ class machines technology, the combined output of the three units will be 1931 MW in total, increased from 1800 MW.  The efficiency of the plant has improved to 61.6 per cent.  This would make Trafford Power one of the most efficient and cleanest gas-fired power stations in the world.  As part of this variation, the plans for open cycle gas turbines (OCGT) are now withdrawn.  The overall capacity of the site will therefore reduce from 2060 MW to 1931 MW.

Additionally, the technology is designed for very flexible operation with regular start/stop cycles to provide effective back up for the increased amount of intermittent renewable energy generation predicted in the UK.

Trafford Power Station will provide:

  • £1.2billion inward investment into the economy
  • Up to 900 construction jobs
  • 75 full-time operational jobs
  • Up to 150 jobs from companies supplying goods and services to the operational station
  • Contract opportunities during construction and operation
  • Anticipated overlap of construction of Carrington and Trafford Power Stations
  • Wainstones Energy is endeavouring to work closely with local businesses and communities to ensure the greatest benefits are felt locally.

Please see the Application Documents tab for the documents related to the variation application.