UK's largest battery energy storage system project to be delivered

  • 2024-04-30 15:34
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Simec Atlantis Energy (SAE), a global developer, owner, and operator of sustainable energy has signed a contract with energy Optimisation Solutions and Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners through Uskmouth Energy Storage (UES), a joint venture between energy Optimisation Solutions and Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. ) delivered a 230MW/460MWh battery storage project at Uskmouth, a decommissioned thermal power plant. The project will also be one of the UK's largest battery energy storage projects to date.
The project is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2024, with an estimated construction period of 18 months, but the development still needs planning approval from Newport City Council. After SAE has submitted an amendment application to National Grid, it will also need to amend the grid connection agreement. The connection protocol at the Uskmouth site will need to be changed to accommodate the new energy storage facility.
UES will own and operate the project, which will generate approximately £40 million for SAE over the next 30 years, of which £11 million will be paid out over the next 18 months, depending on whether the project reaches certain milestones.

230MW/460MWh battery energy storage system
SAE said the battery storage system is a representative project of developing the Uskmouth power plant into a sustainable energy park that will "play a key role" in the UK's energy transition and integrating more renewable energy into the power system.
Meanwhile, Quinbrook has developed several large-scale battery storage and solar power plants. Last year, the 350MW Cleve Hill PV + battery storage project was acquired in Kent, UK, and renamed the Fortress project. In addition, it also includes the Gemini 690MW photovoltaic + 380MW battery energy storage project developed by its subsidiary Primergy in Nevada, USA.

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