Gateway battery energy storage system in Essex
Gateway will be one of the largest battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the world, with a capacity of 320 megawatts for a 2-hour discharge duration with zero greenhouse gas emissions.
InterGen is seeking a co-investor to take up to 49% equity in the project. A financial investor is potentially more suited, given InterGen’s desire to oversee construction and then operate and trade the asset.
InterGen is running an invitation to tender (ITT) process to select its partner equipment supplier that’s due to conclude in Q4 2021. The project has its grid connection from National Grid and its Generation Licence from Ofgem. It will be operational by 2025.
DP World London Gateway in Thurrock, Essex
Capital investment - energy and infrastructure
(Sustainable infrastructure, Energy storage)
Time to Final Investment Decision (FID):
Sector and market opportunity
When completed, the project will operate in the UK’s electricity wholesale and balancing markets. It will also provide reserve and ancillary services to the National Grid, offering flexible and dynamic services to help ensure electrical grid stability.
The project is located by the London Gateway Port on the Thames Estuary in south-east England, where there is strong demand for electricity.
The scheme is located about 30 miles to the east of London and is easily reached by all major London airports, train and road links.
Local talent and skills
The location is close to InterGen’s existing Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Coryton station, providing resource for operation and maintenance. It will also benefit from InterGen’s well-established trading capability.
The project is at an advanced stage of development and is being further de-risked. Project life is expected to be around 20 years, with repowering potential to extend.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) highlights
BESS projects make an important contribution to the UK’s target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. They are zero carbon and provide or store power almost instantaneously. As such they provide flexibility and a range of ancillary and system support services to help balance and manage the electricity system. The need for these services will services will grow as renewable capacity increases.
Promoters and partnerships
Active in the UK since the 1990s, InterGen is an independent power generator with a track record of developing, constructing, and operating large-scale power generation projects. InterGen has invested over £2 billion to develop and construct a flexible power station portfolio of 3 combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) and one open-cycle gas turbine, totalling 2.8GW.
The Gateway Project represents a key stage of InterGen’s strategy to diversify and become a leading energy storage system operator in the UK. Its ambition is to have 3GW of projects in commercial operation by 2030 – with the potential to grow subject to further market needs.
InterGen has already identified further locations for grid-scale projects, including at Spalding in Lincolnshire. While the Gateway project is expected to be taken forward on a standalone basis, both the Gateway and Spalding projects (and other opportunities) could be progressed with the right partner as InterGen recognises that some investors prefer scale.
Local and national government support
The development will have potential freeport benefits owing to its location at London Gateway.
Lightweight structures in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester’s accelerated Carbon Neutrality target of 2038 is creating opportunities to demonstrate innovative low carbon solutions at scale using lightweight materials.
Rail in Doncaster
Decarbonisation of the rail sector is key priority for the UK, and companies in Doncaster are on track to take a leading role in the sustainable transformation of the network.
Heat networks in the North East and Tees Valley
Heat networks form an essential and significant part of the UK’s plan to reduce carbon emissions, and The North East and Tees Valley are primed to lead the UK in delivering this.
Spalding Battery Energy Storage System in Lincolnshire
The Spalding Project will deliver one of the largest battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the world.
Offshore wind floating substructures in Scotland
The UK is the global leader in offshore wind. Now, Scotland is set to become the world’s first floating offshore wind market of scale, propelling the country’s net zero ambitions.
Mining in Cornwall
Key metals and minerals are needed to deliver the technology for the UK’s transition to clean energy, and Cornwall offers significant potential to provide them.
Thainstone Energy Recovery Plant in Aberdeenshire
The Thainstone Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) will generate 30 megawatts electricity from 200,000 kilotons of residual waste using efficient, sustainable technologies.
Trafford Battery Energy Storage System
The Trafford Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is at an advanced stage of development with National Grid expected to enable connection of approx. 500MW by Q3 2024 and up to 1GW by mid 2026.
GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd – national electric vehicle (EV) charging network powered by renewable energy
GRIDSERVE delivers sustainable energy and moves the needle on climate change with a nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy,
Arden Cross in the Midlands
Arden Cross is a global destination for innovation, business, learning and living, across more than 140 hectares in Solihull in the West Midlands.
Teesworks in North East England
Teesworks is a significant brownfield regeneration opportunity in the UK, with the largest and most connected industrial zone and diverse, sustainable and low-carbon activity.
Offshore wind supply chain and ports in Teesside and the Humber
Offshore wind will supply the future energy needs of the UK, and companies operating in the offshore-wind super clusters of Teesside and the Humber will make this happen
Humber Freeport builds on the region's existing strengths in renewable energy, clean growth, and advanced manufacturing, offering excellent connectivity to the UK's manufacturing supply chain.
East Midlands Freeport
The East Midlands Freeport is the UK’s only inland Freeport, with unparalleled connectivity across the country, to international cities, and home to a wide range of innovative sectors.
Freeport East (Felixstowe and Harwich)
Freeport East is a world-leading centre for clean energy production, offering a unique set of opportunities and support for investors, traders, manufacturers and suppliers. This includes access to innovation, technology and new collaborative partnerships.
Thames Freeport is Britain’s trading future. With 1,700 acres of development land across 3 zones along the Thames River, it is at the centre of Europe’s biggest consumer market.
Speak to us
The government is identifying new projects across the whole of the UK. Investors who are interested in our projects can find out more by contacting us.Get in touch