Independent generator Green Frog today commenced site works for its latest gas-fired power plant. The 40MW project in Swansea is the latest in a string of flexible plants the firm is building to provide grid balancing services.
Green Frog has some 229MW in capacity market contracts and plans to amass a 1GW portfolio of gas and diesel assets within the next three years. The company has built some of its smaller plant within two months, but says the Swansea West development will be online by the year end.
The speedy build process is partially attributable to Green Frog operating its own independent connections provider (ICP) business. The connections aspect can otherwise be time consuming and costly. Green Frog Connect will act as the principal contractor as well as the ICP in this case, building the plant adjacent to an existing 20MW diesel engine.
Green Frog’s other business units are also involved: The 27 generators will be installed, commissioned and maintained by Green Frog Genovate and the gas connection will be undertaken by Green Frog Gas Utilities. Once operational, the site will be controlled by Green Frog Trading to respond to the capacity market and opportunities in the wholesale and balancing markets.
“This is an exciting moment for us as we demonstrate our progression towards reducing carbon emissions and look to the future in terms of working towards flexible, zero carbon power provision,” said Tom Drake, director of Green Frog Connect.
“Lowering carbon emissions is a priority for us, and co-locating the two sites ensures we can provide power at times when renewable generation is low, or when demand is high.”