Alstom and DF Energy are set to commence pneumatic testing of the gas pipeline to the Carrington Power’s 880MW gas-fired power station in Carrington, Greater Manchester in North West England.

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Planned to be commissioned early in 2016, the facility is expected to generate electricity required to power around a million homes.

The pneumatic testing, which is an essential part of the power station’s commissioning phase, uses nitrogen under pressure to test pipelines.

Pressure testing will evaluate the capability of the gas piping system to withstand the pressures during normal power station operations, Alstom said.

The station will feature natural gas combined cycle technology (CCGT), which is designed to ensure maximum energy efficiency and minimal impact to the environment.

Alstom will commission the power generating equipment, including two gas turbines, two steam turbines and two heat recovery steam generators.


Image: The Carrington Power Station is expected to power around a million homes. Photo: courtesy of ALSTOM.