Distributed energy firm UK Power Reserve (UKPR) has been acquired by Singapore-headquartered energy supplier Sembcorp Industries for £216m ($288m).

In a statement, Sembcorp said it had reached an agreement this week to acquire UKPR’s business and assets, which include over 1 GW of flexible installed capacity in the UK

UKPR’s small-scale, fast-ramping gas-fired power plants are spread across 32 locations in England and Wales, comprising 533 MW in operation and a further 480 MW in construction or development. The latter portfolio, which includes 120 MW of rapid response battery energy storage, is expected to come online by 2019.

Sembcorp said the acquisition will give it “an important foothold in distributed energy generation – the fastest growing sector in the UK power market”.

Nomi Ahmad, head of Sembcorp’s UK utilities business, said his firm was “delighted to have secured this exciting business, which deepens our presence in the UK considerably and provides major opportunities for further expansion.”  

Sembcorp UK operates 210 MW of generation capacity at Wilton International industrial site in Teesside, England, comprising combined heat and power (CHP), steam power and renewable generation which supply energy-intensive industrial and commercial customers.

“UKPR and Sembcorp’s existing Teesside business will form a strong integrated energy business in the UK, combining centralized services at Wilton with multiple flexible assets across the country along with expertise across the full spectrum of UK energy markets,” Ahmad added.