The U.K. desperately needs more gas-fired power plants and this week it got its first new one in more than three years with the commissioning of Carrington Power Station near Manchester.

It is the first large-scale gas-fired plant to be opened in the U.K. since 2013. The 880-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant began full-scale electricity generation last week and can generate enough electricity to power around one million homes. It is owned by Ireland's state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) (Dublin).

The U.K. is facing an energy crisis. It needs more gas-fired plant to back-up the rapid rollout of renewable energy, particularly offshore wind, as well to replace the accelerated closure of older coal-fired plants and the looming closure of all of its old nuclear power plants within a decade.

Planning permission for the power station was granted in 2008, with construction starting in 2013. The plant has already secured a contract under the government’s Contract for Difference scheme to provide power at short notice for the winter of 2019-20.

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