The gas-fired plant will be located at the Isle of Grain in Kent, near an existing liquid natural gas (LNG) facility. The plant will be composed of three combined cycle units, each including one GT26 gas turbine, one steam turbine and one high-efficiency turbogenerator.

Alstom has also signed a 12-year service agreement with E.ON to provide all of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, in order to deliver a fully integrated turnkey combined heat and power plant (CHPP).

Alstom said that CHPPs are an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. In addition, the waste heat generated by the GT26 technology-based CHPP will be re-used by the nearby LNG terminal for its own needs, further eliminating waste.

Although this is the first time that Alstom has been awarded an EPC contract by E.ON, the German utility did purchase Enfield, a CHPP also built by Alstom using the same GT26 technology, two years ago.

Philippe Joubert, president of Alstom Power Systems, said: Based on the excellent performance of our technology at Enfield, we are delighted that E.ON has chosen Alstom for this contract. Because the efficiency of the CHPP is over 70%, we minimize the impact on the environment and consequently reduce CO2 emissions.

At present, there are 81 Alstom GT24/GT26 units in commercial operation worldwide, with six GT26 units already operating in the UK and two additional units in construction at Langage in Devon. This fleet has accumulated over 2.2 million firing hours.