Powering the world



2 x 50 MW

"The under two-minute start up time is a rare feature and very important to the UK grid.”
- Mark Futyan, Distributed Power Systems Director, Centrica Business Solutions

Centrica, UK


Balancing the intermittency of renewable power sources

Need for quick responding power supply during demand peaks

Transition towards a low-carbon energy system


Adding flexibility to the grid with two 50 MW engine-based power plants

Power plant with under two-minute start up time

Flexible capacity enabling the growing share of intermittent renewables


Enabling the growing share of renewables

Stable and balanced grid at all time

Greener energy and reduced carbon footprint in the UK


The rapid growth in renewable energy in the UK has increased the need for flexible power to balance the electricity grid. Wärtsilä has worked closely with energy and services company Centrica to provide the changing market with flexible energy, helping tackle the issues created by intermittent renewables and supporting the transition to a low-carbon energy system.

In the UK, the energy system is becoming increasingly distributed and low-carbon due to the growing share of renewables and old baseload plants closing across the country. This development has been driven by government policies and advances in technology. In 2017, the UK saw the greenest year in its history in terms of energy generation and the government is working towards seeing all of the UK’s remaining coal power stations closed by 2025.

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Main data

   Customer    Centrica
   Type    Wärtsilä 34SG gas power plant
   Operating mode    Fast reserve and balancing markets
   Gensets    2 x 5 Wärtsilä 20V34SG
   Total output    2 x 50 MW
   Fuel    Natural gas
   Scope    EPC (engineering, procurement and construction)
   Delivered    2018

Related downloads

Read about the Centrica success story in this brochure.

Find in-depth info about our gas and multi-fuel power plant solutions in this brochure.

Read about flexible energy solutions in this article.

Read more about the market outlook, the changing role of gas and how Centrica is enabling greener energy.

Contact info

If you want to know more about the Centrica project, please contact

Bent Iversen
Business Development Manager
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
+45 96207765


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