Leading gas engine specification and maintenance services provider, CooperÖstlund, has completed its first UK peaking plant installation. The project saw three, 2.7MW engines installed at a site in rural Derbyshire.

CooperÖstlund joined the project halfway through after poor planning and incorrect engine installation from another contractor delayed completion considerably. This meant the site was still in development nearly eight months after the start date.

With a quick turnaround essential, CooperÖstlund turned months of stagnation into activity and progress.. The engines were quickly removed, floor and engine cell levelled, followed by a full re-install, allowing the site to be commissioned and set live immediately. Now fully operational, the plant is running at optimum efficiency – generating more than 8.1MWe energy to support the National Grid in times of peak demand.

Speaking about the project, Stuart Cooper, director at CooperÖstlund, commented: “When it comes to engine installation, it doesn’t pay to cut corners. In this instance, it doubled costs and lengthened timescales considerably.

“Fortunately, we were appointed just in time to rescue the project – which had struggled to get off the ground and was draining resources. Thanks to our team’s expertise, it was possible to quickly correct mistakes and ensure commissioning could be completed just a few weeks later.”

Completed in April 2018, the peaking facility is now fully-operational. In times of high energy demand, engines generate sustainable power to supplement grid capacity.

For more information about CooperÖstlund, or the company’s portfolio of gas engine specification and maintenance services, visit www.cooperostlund.co.uk.