Progress Power Station

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Progress power station is a proposed 299-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant at the Eye Airfield Industrial Estate in Suffolk County, United Kingdom.[1]

Location

The map below shows the approximate location of the proposed power station in Eye, Suffolk County, United Kingdom.

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Background

Progress Power's proposals to build the 299 megawatt power station on part of the former Second World War airfield near Eye, were approved by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2016. It was envisaged that once the company behind the project, now owned by British power giants Drax, secured a contract to supply electricity, construction of the plant would start in 2018 with commercial operation scheduled for 2020/21. In November 2018, the court ruled that Britain must halt its so-called power capacity auctions pending a further investigation by European Union regulators. The UK government said the ruling imposes a "standstill period", which prevents it from holding electricity capacity auctions until the scheme can be approved again. Drax spokesman Matt Willey said the company was confident the delay would be short-lived and would not prevent the Eye scheme from going ahead.[2]

The markets have since resumed. Progress power station 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]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Drax Group plc
  • Parent company: Drax Group plc[1]
  • Location: Eye, Suffolk County, United Kingdom
  • Coordinates: 52.3196, 1.1462 (approximate)
  • Gross generating capacity (proposed): 299 MW
    • Unit 1: Gas-fired open-cycle gas turbine, 299 MW (start-up in 2024)[6]

Articles and Resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Delivering energy for the future, Progress Power website, accessed November 2019.
  2. EU ruling leaves plan for £200m A140 power station in limbo, Eastern Daily Press, updated November 4, 2019.
  3. 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. Capacity Market Register 2024-25 (T-4) - 13_04_2021, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Apr 13, 2021