Specialist contractor to help deliver £78m net zero power generation scheme

High voltage engineering and contracting firm, Smith Brothers, has been hired to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) expertise to projects designed to support a transition to more sustainable power generation.

The £78m programme – a joint venture between LMPH and Victory Hill – represents a commitment to fund innovative net zero flexible power generation projects in the UK.

Under the scope of works, Huddersfield-based Smith Brothers will provide EPC support in relation to a pair of planned combined heat and power plants, which will bring together high-efficiency, gas-fired engine technology with a carbon capture and re-use system – to provide a clean, net-zero, and dependable electricity solution for the UK.

The electrical engineering specialist will also act as the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) for the new 10MW, 33kV Western Power Distribution (WPD) loop connection at the Rhodesia site in Nottinghamshire.

Once operational, the projects will produce highly efficient flexible power, which will help secure the supply within the UK electricity grid and contribute to the growth in renewable generation capacity.

Alan Hoyle, project manager at Smith Brothers, added: “This carbon capture project is the first project of its kind in the UK and represents the future of power generation – if we’re to achieve our nation’s net zero ambitions.

“As such, we’re delighted to be joining such a powerhouse of organisations to deliver on this vital scheme.”

Richard Lum, Co-CIO of Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP, said: “The UK harbours ambitious plans to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and is rightly increasing capacity for renewable power generation.

“At the same time, fossil fuel generators continue to leave the system.

“While admirable, the situation risks creating a perfect storm for system interruptions if supply from weather-dependent renewable sources is unable to keep-up with accelerating demand for electricity in the coming decades.

“The aim of this portfolio is to ensure the UK electricity grid can meet growing demand and keep the lights on without resorting to excessive levels of harmful fossil fuels, as it becomes increasingly reliant on renewable power.

“These projects will provide a highly efficient, flexible source of power that can be called upon when needed, and at short notice, to plug any shortfall in power generation from wind or solar.”

Six months of design work is already underway, with work scheduled to begin on site in summer 2022, and energisation expected in 2023.

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