VPI Immingham is a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant near Immingham, on the South Bank of the river Humber in the UK. It is one of the largest CHP plants in Europe, capable of generating 1,240 megawatts – about 2.5% of UK peak electricity demand and up to 930 tonnes of steam per hour, which is used by nearby oil refineries to turn crude oil into products such as gasoline.
Completed in 2004 and expanded in 2009, VPI Immingham is one of the cleanest and most efficient power plants in Europe. At full capacity, it saves 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent emissions of one million cars, compared with a conventional coal plant. The plant is fuelled by natural gas and surplus refinery gas, with liquid fuel as a backup.
VLC Energy is a joint venture company created by renewable energy investment company, Low Carbon, and VPI Immingham, owner of one of the largest combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Europe and part of the Vitol group. The company will focus on accelerating the long term development of the UK’s energy storage and distributed power market including renewable energy. The first projects include the development of two of the UK’s largest energy storage plants at Cleator in Cumbria and Glassenbury in Kent.