A lower carbon way to help keep the lights on

Green Frog Connect today breaks ground on an additional site at Swansea West which showcases their commitment to working towards less carbon intensive energy solutions.

Providing reserve power to the National Grid through the Capacity Market, the site will help to ensure that reliable energy capacity is available at times of extreme network stress.

The new gas-fired power generation site will provide 40MW of back-up generation to the energy distribution network, reducing the danger of blackouts for homes and businesses when the National Grid is under strain, for instance when renewable generation suddenly drops off and large centralised generators can’t respond fast enough to meet the demand. Adjacent to an existing 20MW diesel generation site which has been in use for the past 5 years, the new site will be ready to operate by the end of 2017. Green Frog Connect are acting as the principal contractor as well as the Independent Connection Provider.

Tom Drake, Director of Green Frog Connect, said: “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. 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.”

The 27 generators required by the site 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 meet the requirements of the Capacity Market and to operate on the open market.