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Tilbury Energy Centre

*Tilbury Energy Centre Update, November 2018*

RWE has decided to freeze the development of Tilbury Energy Centre.

This decision was made based on current market conditions and project costs. As with any development project, options are continuously evaluated and only progressed if they become economically viable.

The decision to freeze Tilbury Energy Centre has not been taken lightly, it will be a disappointment for those who have been working so hard to get us to the stage we have reached. We would like to sincerely thank the local authorities and community for their support during the past year. 

As always, RWE will constantly explore options for how best to develop our site in Tilbury, which remains a good location for future energy options.

RWE Generation is proposing to submit plans to develop Tilbury Energy Centre at the former Tilbury B Power Station site.  The development would  include the potential for a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station with capacity of up to 2,500 Megawatts, 100 MW of energy storage facility and 300MW of open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGT). The exact size and range of these technologies will be defined as the project progresses, based on an assessment of environmental impacts, as well as market and commercial factors.

The development consent application will also include a 3km  gas pipeline that will connect the proposed plant to the transmission network which runs to the east of the Tilbury power station.  The proposed CCGT power station would be located on the coal stock yard at the site of the former power station, but would be physically much smaller than its predecessor
(a coal/biomass plant).

  • Why now

    RWE Generation has a strong position in the UK energy market with an overall installed capacity of 8.54GW. It operates and owns gas power plants some coal and a small amount of biomass plants. RWE Generation UK currently owns and operates one of the most modern and efficient gas fleets in Europe.

    The current UK total electricity consumption is around 340TWh, with a peak demand on the high voltage transmission system of around 53GW. It is predicted that even with energy efficiency measures in place, over the next 10 years total electricity consumption will be similar to 2016 levels.

    Over the next 10 years it is likely that more power stations will close due to the age of plant or economics of operations. The UK government has also launched a consultation on the future of coal with clear signs that there will be a phase out of coal fired generation by 2025.

    Around 25 GW of gas plants will close or need to be upgraded or come to the end of their life by 2030.

    This future energy vision will not come cheap and it is estimated that more than £200 billion of investment is needed in UK generation and infrastructure in next 15-20 years.

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