ENERGY STORAGE

SSE to build 300MWh BESS in UK following final investment decision

January 3, 2024

SSE Renewables has taken a final investment decision to commence construction of a 150MW / 300 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project in Warrington, Cheshire, at the site of the former Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired power station.

Fiddler’s Ferry was formerly owned and operated by SSE before being decommissioned in March 2020, with final demolition of its cooling towers taking place earlier this month. The new battery storage project will be able to make use of the existing grid connection already in place.

Once completed, the battery storage facility at Fidder’s Ferry will be capable of running for up to two hours at a time.

Richard Cave-Bigley, director of solar & battery, SSE Renewables, said: “It is very exciting to have taken a final investment decision for our 150MW Fiddler’s Ferry BESS project in Warrington. Similar to our Ferrybridge project, our grid-scale battery at Fiddler’s Ferry will be built on what was a former SSE-owned coal-fired power station and highlights the transition away from fossil fuels towards a net zero future. Our solar and battery business continues to grow and thrive and this latest milestone at Fiddler’s Ferry is a great way to round off the year.”