Alstom to build UK’s largest CHP plant

Alstom has signed a contract worth €580m with the European utility E.ON for the construction of a 1,275MW turnkey combined heat and power plant (CHP) at the Isle of Grain in Kent. Alstom has also signed a long-term service agreement with E.ON for a twelve year period.

Part of a programme to replace many ageing power stations in the UK, this is the first Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract awarded to Alstom by E.ON for a GT26 technology-based, gas-fired combined cycle plant. Enfield, a combined cycle plant also built by Alstom using the same technology, was bought two years ago by E.ON.

Alstom will provide all EPC services to deliver a fully integrated turnkey combined heat and power plant. The plant is composed of three combined cycle units, each including one GT26 gas turbine, one steam turbine and one high-efficiency turbogenerator. The waste heat generated by the power plant will be re-used by a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility, close to the plant, for its own needs.

There are 81 Alstom GT24/GT26 units in commercial operation worldwide, with six GT26 units already operating in the UK and two additional units under construction at Langage in Devon.