Damhead Creek power station

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Damhead Creek power station is a 805-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in Kent County, United Kingdom.


The map below shows the location of the power station in Hoo St. Werburgh, Kent County, United Kingdom.

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In 2021 Drax Group sold its existing gas plant portfolio, including Damhead Creek.[1] The transaction sold Drax Generation Enterprise Ltd. to VPI Holding Ltd.[2] The 1,800 MW expansion is conditionally a part of this deal.[2]

The expansion project (units 2-4 and 2-5) is listed in the T-4 Capacity Market 2024-2025 final auction results.[3][4] This would qualify it for government subsidies to guarantee electricity supply.[5] Existing unit 1-1 was also listed in the 2024-2025 auction, and in the final results.[3][6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: VPI Power Ltd[6]
  • Parent company: Vitol[7]
  • Location: Hoo St. Werburgh, Kent County, United Kingdom
  • Coordinates: 51.4249, 0.6014 (exact)[8]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 805 MW
  • Gross generating capacity (proposed): 1,800 MW
    • Unit 2-4: Gas-fired combined-cycle[11], 900 MW (start-up in 2024)[6]
    • Unit 2-5: Gas-fired combined-cycle[11], 900 MW (start-up in 2024)[6]

Articles and Resources


  1. Drax Cancels Plan to Build Europe’s Largest Natural Gas Power Plant, Green Tech Media, Feb 26, 2021
  2. 2.0 2.1 Drax sells fleet of UK gas plants to Vitol subsidiary, S&P Global, Dec 15, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 T4 DY2024-25 Final Results, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Mar 22, 2021
  4. The Drax gas plant is dead: But other new gas projects are a headache for the COP26 team, Ember, Feb 15, 2021
  5. Capacity Market, United Kingdom, Mar 1, 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Capacity Market Register 2024-25 (T-4) - 13_04_2021, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Apr 13, 2021
  7. Gas and Power, Vitol, accessed Apr 13, 2021
  8. Global Energy Observatory ID 2860, accessed January 2020
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  10. "Transparency Platform: ID, 48W000000DAMC-1M". European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. October 2021. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Decarbonisation". VPI. Retrieved 2021-11-16.