Immingham Power Station
|Immingham Power Station|
Immingham power station
Viewed from the south in April 2006
|Location||Lincolnshire, East Midlands|
|Operator(s)||Conoco Phillips Power Operations
|Primary fuel||Natural gas-fired|
|grid reference TA169172|
Immingham Combined Heat and Power Plant (also known as Conoco Phillips Power Station) is a gas-fired CHP power station in North Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the south bank of the Humber, north of the town of Immingham, from which it takes its name. Its original generating capacity of 730 megawatts was expanded to 1240MW in 2009 making it one of Europe's largest CHP plant. The station was operated by energy company ConocoPhillips since it opened in 2004, until its sale to Vitol in 2013.
Plans for the power station began in 1998, when ways to provide power for both refineries were investigated. Due to the low price of electricity when the designs for the station began in 2004, the plant would have not been economically viable unless tax-incentives were given by the UK government. These were in the form of exemption from the Climate Change Levy and greater offsets against tax for the plant's depreciation. It was opened  on 1 November 2004 by Margaret Beckett, and is owned by ConocoPhillips. It transferred ownership to Phillips 66 in May 2012 following ConocoPhillips divesting of its downstream business. The Power Station was put up for sale in June 2012 by Phillips 66.
The £350m plant is sited on the Humber Refinery. It is a CHP plant, providing electricity and heat for the refinery's processes. Excess steam goes to the neighbouring Lindsey Oil Refinery and excess electricity goes to the National Grid. It was designed by Foster Wheeler Energy and built by Kier. The power station trades as Immingham CHP LLP.
The power plant is now owned by VITOL The new VPI website for the CHP
It is a CCGT type power station using natural gas. Two 260MW General Electric Frame 9 (9001FA) gas turbines generate electricity with the exhaust gas from each heating a Nooter Eriksen heat recovery steam generator. Nooter is based in Cardano al Campo in the Italian Varese province. The steam from each these HRSGs transfers to a steam turbine. The two 115MWe steam turbines are built by Franco Tosi Meccanica based in Legnano in the Italian province of Milan. There are also two auxiliary boilers. Each boiler can provide 50% of the steam needs (at 50bar) for each refinery. It normally exports around a minimum of 150MW to the National Grid, but this can be increased depending on the needs of the Grid and the two refineries. The plant is about 70% thermally efficient. The refinery operations need around 25MW of electricity. Each steam turbine uses a maximum of 300 tonnes of steam per hour. Around 190 tonnes per hour of steam goes to the Humber Refinery, and around 160 tonnes per hour goes to the Lindsey Refinery.
Future of the plant
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In October 2006, ConocoPhillips approved a £210 million extension of the plant to produce 1,180 MW. The new Phase II plant is expected to be opened in the summer of 2009, producing an extra 450 MW. It will consist of one 285 MWe gas turbine, one HRSG and a 200 MWe steam turbine.
The ICHP was sold to Vitol 23 July 2013.
- Inaugurating Immingham: Europe's biggest CHP (10 November 2004)
- ConocoPhillips Power Station. This is the 730MW Immingham CHP (Combined Heat & Power) station opened in 2004. Picture taken from Rosper Road close to the Fire Station.
- Franco Tosi Meccanica
- 10-20-2006 ConocoPhillips to Expand Europe’s Largest Combined Heat and Power Station
- Vitol completes acquisition of Immingham power plant
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- ConocoPhillips site
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- Combined Heat and Power Association
- Possible carbon-capture project (PDF)