Gas engine specification and maintenance firm CooperOstlund has announced the completion of its first peaking plant installation in the UK.

For the project, three 2.7 MW combined heat and power (CHP) gas engines were installed at a site in rural Derbyshire.

CooperOstlund said it joined the project at the halfway point after “poor planning and incorrect engine installation from another contractor” had delayed completion. According to the firm, this meant the site was still in development almost eight months after the start date.

The project was quickly put back on track, CooperOstlund said, with engines removed and floor and engine cell levelled, followed by a full re-install. The site was then commissioned and set live immediately.

The plant has been operational since April and generates more than 8.1 MWe to support grid operator National Grid at times of peak demand.

A company spokesperson said that while the engine has been designed with the capability of utilizing heat output, currently the local demand is not high enough to warrant this, so the heat is released to the atmosphere.

Stuart Cooper, director at CooperOstlund, said: “When it comes to CHP engine installation, it doesn’t pay to cut corners. In this instance, it doubled costs and lengthened timescales considerably.

“Fortunately, we were appointed just in time to rescue the project – which had struggled to get off the ground and was draining resources. Thanks to our team’s expertise, it was possible to quickly correct mistakes and ensure commissioning could be completed just a few weeks later.”