The connections: sourcing fuel, supplying power
To obtain the gas and to supply electricity to homes and businesses, CCGT power stations need to be connected to gas and electricity networks. The MBP is well located for both.
The Gas Connection
MEC will need to connect to the gas network via a new gas connection. This would provide the fuel it requires to generate electricity.
We have carefully considered the design of the gas connection and the feedback submitted as part of the public consultation process and developed a preferred design.
The gas connection plan details are outlined below:
Meaford Business Park is located approximately 50m from existing gas pipelines. The Meaford Energy Centre will be connected to this existing pipeline by a new gas pipeline. This new pipeline will be approximately 900 meters in length and will be mainly underground and only overground when it crosses the Trent and Mersey Canal and the West Coast Main Line, using the two existing bridges.
The proposed pipeline would connect to the existing gas pipeline at a new Above Ground Installation (AGI). AGI’s are compounds that serve as accessible points to the gas network and are often located at pipeline junctions for maintenance reasons.