SSE’s Peterhead power station has been awarded a National Grid contract to provide peak demand back-up electricity supplies.
Its gas-fired power station was selected following a competitive tendering process and its £15million contract will run from April 2016 to September 2017.
The contract allows National Grid to call upon 385MW of Peterhead’s 1180MW capacity to provide voltage support. It does not prevent this capacity from business as usual participation in the electricity market.
Jim Smith, SSE Managing Director of Energy Portfolio Management, said: “This announcement is positive news for Peterhead.
“We have continually invested in the site since it opened in 1980 and we’re pleased Peterhead will continue to play an important role in ensuring National Grid can provide system stability and resilience going forward.”
SSE is currently investing in Peterhead to improve its flexibility. Its partnership with Shell to develop carbon capture and storage facilities could also see the site become the world’s first commercial-scale demonstration of CCS at a gas-fired power station.