Electrical engineering firm, Smith Brothers Contracting Ltd, has commenced design work for two new gas peaking plants in Lancashire. The contract will be delivered on behalf of infrastructure investment and asset management firm, Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners.

Construction work is well underway on a 10.3MW plant in Great Harwood, as well as a 6MW site in Burnley, and once complete, they will export electrical power to Distribution Network Operator (DNO), Electricity North West.

The developments will also provide additional support for the grid and intermittent renewable energy sources – such as wind and solar.

Yorkshire headquartered high-voltage specialist, Smith Brothers, is responsible for the private-side of the assignments, overseeing all Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) relating to the design and build of the generation plant, the supporting infrastructure, and final installation, testing and connection.

Dave Ogden, director at Smith Brothers said: “We are pleased to be continuing our working relationship with Quinbrook and delighted to be a part of two significant developments. These further strengthen our position of being synonymous with high-quality, ECP and clean energy storage projects in the UK.”

Ken Epplestone, project manager at Smith Brothers added: “While COVID-19 has meant that timescales have had to be altered – as is the case the world over – the health of our team takes precedence above all else. With work now well underway at both locations, we are looking forward to energising Great Harwood and Burnley in the coming months.”

Located in Elland, West Yorkshire, Smith Brothers is a high-voltage power engineering contractor and accredited ICP, specialising in delivering turnkey network connection packages across an array of sectors – including renewable energy, utilities, industrial and commercial.