The Port of King’s Lynn has successfully welcomed a 300-tonne gas turbine, one of the heaviest cargoes to be handled as part of the project to breathe new life into Centrica’s power station in Norfolk.
The new Siemens gas turbine arrived at the Port of King’s Lynn aboard the general cargo vessel MV Eastern Vanquish. Due to the port’s close proximity to the power station site the port will enable a natural flow of goods from incoming vessels to their ultimate destination, minimising the distance travelled by cargo and reducing transport costs.
Once complete, Centrica’s power station at King’s Lynn will be capable of producing enough power to meet the needs of around 370,000 households, representing almost all homes in Norfolk.
Andrew Harston, Short Sea Ports Director, said: “We are grateful for the chance to support Centrica in this project, which will bring power and prosperity to Norfolk. In addition we hope that by providing a more efficient delivery route for cargo, we are helping to minimise the overall carbon footprint of operations.”
This delivery is the latest in a series of heavy cargo operations handled by the Port of King’s Lynn in the past years, including two 110 tonne heat exchangers for Centrica, which arrived in December 2017.