Mini-power station bid for Blackpool

Plans have been submitted to build a gas-powered electricity generating station at Blackpool Enterprise zone.

Wednesday, 12th July 2017, 5:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:31 am
The Blackpool Airport Enterprise zone area
The Blackpool Airport Enterprise zone area

The bid, from Lark Energy of Lincolnshire, would result in a 10MW generator facility and 12MW battery storage being installed on vacant land off Amy Johnson Way at Blackpool Business Park.

It will be a small scale power plant designed to top up the National Grid when demand was high, a situation which usually happens during daytime in winter.

The company said in a report: “The installation Lark Energy is proposing to install would provide the National Grid with emergency electricity supply in milliseconds.

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“This is the last form of defence against an electricity blackout in the UK.”

The firm, which is best known for its solar panel array power stations, said this type of small top-up facility was increasingly needed as the country transitions towards the use of intermittent renewable sources, such as wind and solar power.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee must rule on the application, but if successful the company believes construction would take around 20 weeks.

The power station would be mostly automatic so it is thought unlikely to result in any significant employment once construction is finished.