Trafford power station

From Global Energy Monitor
Part of the Global Gas Plant Tracker, a Global Energy Monitor and Center for Media and Democracy project.

Trafford power station is an 844-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.


The map below shows the approximate location of the proposed power station between the towns of Carrington and Partington, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.

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The facility was originally proposed in March 2016.[1] However, In December 2016, construction was canceled after the developer was unable to secure investment for the project ahead of a government deadline. The scheme has been put on hold indefinitely after the energy developer revealed it was unable to find the funds to build the plant.[2]

The plant was revitalized in 2020 in conjunction with a cryogenic liquid-air energy (LAES) plant.[3] The gas unit project is listed in the T-4 Capacity Market 2024-2025 final auction results.[4][5] This would qualify it for government subsidies to guarantee electricity supply.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Carlton Power Ltd[7]
  • Parent company: Carlton Power Ltd[8]
  • Location: Between Carrington and Partington, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Coordinates: 53.4334, -2.3851 (approximate)
  • Gross capacity (canceled): 844 MW
    • Unit 1: Gas-fired combined-cycle, 844 MW (start-up in 2024)

Articles and Resources


  1. Permit with Introductory Note, GOV.UK, November 15, 2016.
  2. Plug pulled on £800m gas plant, Construction News, December 20, 2016.
  3. Carlton Power and Highview to build 250MWh liquid air energy storage plant, The Energyst, Jun 18, 2020
  4. T4 DY2024-25 Final Results, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Mar 22, 2021
  5. The Drax gas plant is dead: But other new gas projects are a headache for the COP26 team, Ember, Feb 15, 2021
  6. Capacity Market, United Kingdom, Mar 1, 2019
  7. Capacity Market Register 2024-25 (T-4) - 13_04_2021, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Apr 13, 2021
  8. Trafford backs plans for second new power station at Carrington, Electrical Review, accessed November 2019.