£200m gas conversion plans move a step forward as Kilroot appoints Sie…

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons with Ian Luney, commercial Director at EPUKI, during a recent visit to the site.

Owners EP UK Investments announced Siemens will be providing the flexible open cycle gas turbine generating units, associated with the change of the current coal fired generation to lower carbon, gas fired generation at the Carrickfergus site.

Following an EU competitive tender course of action, the appointment of Siemens represents a meaningful development step forward in having the new gas fired generation operational by September 2023 as planned.

The two new Kilroot Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) units will considerably contribute to a decline of CO2 emissions at the site.

The OCGT units will only be dispatched to meet system needs when there is insufficient replaceable energy obtainable on the electricity grid.

Commenting on the appointment, EPUKI commercial director, Ian Luney, said: “EPUKI are committed to investing in the Kilroot site, securing jobs and developing new energy infrastructure in the heart of the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Siemens as the suppliers of the new Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) units at Kilroot. They have huge experience and skill in this sector.

“The successful installation of the new gas generating units will help considerably reduce our carbon footprint on the site, whilst also maintaining security of electricity supply for homes and businesses across Northern Ireland.

Technology ‘highly efficient’

“The highly efficient OCGT technology is designed to supplement wind and other replaceable generation on the electricity system, helping Northern Ireland play its part in tackling climate change.

“The OCGT units are only used when there is insufficient replaceable energy on the system. This helps maximise the levels of replaceable energy used by consumers every day.”

Ian additional: “For many years, the coal fired generating plant at Kilroot has provided a vital source of electricity for homes and businesses across Northern Ireland.

“Our employees and supply chain businesses should be very proud of this.

“The change from coal to gas is part of the overall energy change in Northern Ireland to ever greater use and reliance upon replaceable energy. The gas fired units are central to our plans for developing the Kilroot Energy Park and will ensure it remains a meaningful strategic part of the borough’s economy moving forward.”

EPUKI acquired Kilroot strength stop in June 2019 along with Ballylumford strength stop. The company also owns and operates a number of other strength generating units in the UK.

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