Rolls-Royce building its own power station

Rolls-Royce Power Ventures has started constructing a 100MW gas-fired power station at Fort Dunlop near Birmingham. Rolls-Royce will finance, own, maintain and operate the £35m plant, which will use two of the company’s industrial Trent turbines. Eastern Group will provide the gas and sell the power under a 15-year agreement – paying Rolls-Royce a `toll’ […]

Rolls-Royce Power Ventures has started constructing a 100MW gas-fired power station at Fort Dunlop near Birmingham.

Rolls-Royce will finance, own, maintain and operate the £35m plant, which will use two of the company’s industrial Trent turbines. Eastern Group will provide the gas and sell the power under a 15-year agreement – paying Rolls-Royce a `toll’ for converting the fuel into electricity. Rolls-Royce will probably bring in a 50% partner.

The plant, which is designed for mid-merit and peak use rather than baseload, is due to start operating in mid-1998.

It will be the third UK power station to use the Trent turbines. A 50MW plant under construction at Seal Sands, Teesside should come on stream by the end of the year, while a 62MW unit in Derby should begin generating early next year.