Engie acquires second Scottish battery project

Engie has secured a 50MW battery storage project in Scotland, from developers EcoDev, Hive Energy, Sirius Group and Ethical Power. Energisation of the project is planned for the second half of 2024.

On 21 February, Engie Group announced plans to step up its sustainable growth investments by 50% for the period of 2023-2025, targeting the acceleration of renewables development (both electric and gas) and decarbonisation solutions.

As part of this strategy, Engie is targeting 10GW of battery storage capacity to be added to the grid by 2030, mainly in Europe and the US. This latest UK site acquisition, together with another 50MW site secured in late 2022, is an “important milestone” towards Engie’s global battery energy storage system (BESS) ambition.

The acquisition of the 50MW Broxburn project strategically complements Engie’s recent acquisition of a 50MW project at Cathkin (East Kilbride), with both projects 30 miles from each other, connecting to the 33kV network at the exact same time.

The project highlights ENGIE’s commitment to building upon its leading position in the UK’s power flexibility market, where these BESS assets will operate alongside Engie’s existing 2.1GW of pumped storage capacity in North Wales.

We were happy to work with EcoDev, Sirius Renewable Energy, and Ethical Power Connections, on this acquisition,” said Aidan Connolly, Head of Battery Storage UK.

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