WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed by Centrica as owner’s engineer on a new gas turbine project at King’s Lynn gas-fired power station in the UK.

The King’s Lynn combined-cycle plant was mothballed in March 2012 but will now be repowered with a new, more efficient gas turbine which is expected to be operational in 2019

The new lease of life for the plant comes after Centrica secured 15 year agreements for over 500 MW of new capacity in the British government’s market auctions in November.

As well as updating Kings Lynn, Centrica will build a 49 MW battery storage facility in Cumbria and two 50 MW fast-response distributed generation gas-fired plants in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.

The new King’s Lynn plant will create 250 jobs during construction. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff worked on the original plant when it was built in the 1990s. For the latest project, a team of engineers at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will deliver engineering management, programme and design review, and supervise the construction of the new works, as well as oversee the quality of equipment manufactured offsite.

Ryan Broughton, energy engineering manager at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, said: “This appointment is testament to the work carried out by our teams involved in the original construction of the station in the mid-1990s and throughout the development of the King’s Lynn Replant project. Our understanding of the site, project and the client means that we are able to work with Centrica to anticipate risks and realise benefits on what is going to be a complex project requiring our specialist engineering expertise.”