Trafford Power Station

ClientCarlton Power
LocationCarrington, Greater Manchester
Time2015/2016
Services

Background

Carlton Power was experiencing difficulty in putting forward a case to the Government to consider a form of infrastructure guarantee similar to that which has been given to EDF and Chinese investors for Hinkley Point, thereby “future proofing” the investment in the Trafford project. Various approaches by Carlton Power had been made to, the then, Department of Energy and Climate Change, with little or no response. Carlton Power wished to engage with key ministers and relevant civil servants.

Key project information

  • Trafford Power is a consented 2060MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station in Greater Manchester
  • £1.2billion inward investment into the economy
  • Up to 900 construction jobs
  • 75 full-time operational jobs
  • Up to 150 jobs from companies supplying goods and services to the operational station
  • Contract opportunities during construction and operation

How we assisted

becg were able to provide a route into central government. Carlton Power was invited to attend a dinner of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies at the House of Lords. The Rt Hon Amber Rudd (then Secretary of State at DECC) was the keynote speaker. This provided Carlton with an opportunity to have a conversation with Ms Rudd and other key members of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change, including the then chairman Angus McNeill MP and Special Advisor Guy Newey.

Carlton Power was subsequently invited to attend the 2016 Conservative Party Conference in Manchester and to display information about Trafford Power in the Northern Powerhouse Zone.

Through strong links with Trafford Council and the local MP, we had proposed pulling together a delegation to Westminster, including the leader of Trafford Council. However, the client commented “At this stage we are satisfied that we have the attention within Westminster that we currently need.”

Outcome

becg were able to sufficiently raise the profile of Carlton Power to ensure the company and the development had the attention of the relevant people in Westminster.