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    Equinor activates battery facility in the UK

    The 25MW Blandford Road battery storage facility by Equinor, situated in Dorset, UK, has commenced its operational phase. Noriker Power, a British battery storage company in which Equinor holds a 45% equity stake, developed and will manage the project. Linked to the Southern Electric Power Distribution network, the asset consists of approximately 150 lithium-ion battery units, with the capacity to store sufficient electricity to supply 75,000 homes in the UK for a duration of two hours.


    Alex Grant, UK country manager at Equinor, commented “This is a significant milestone for our ambition to deliver flexible power and maintain security of supply in the UK.”


    “A strong battery storage portfolio will further strengthen our position as a leading broad energy partner to the UK, building on our 40-year presence which includes being a stable supplier of oil and gas, developing the UK’s offshore wind industry, and pioneering solutions to decarbonise the UK economy.”


    Olav Kolbeinstveit, senior vice president for onshore and markets within renewables at Equinor added “Equinor envisages a renewables portfolio that combines generation assets such as wind and solar with flexible assets such as batteries to help mitigate the intermittency of the renewable power generation.”


    “In the UK, we have our largest offshore wind power position as a company with several offshore wind farms in operation and under development. In parallel, we are building our battery storage capacity, with our first asset Blandford Road in operation and our second asset Welkin Mill under construction.”


    Noriker Power is spearheading the development of the Welkin Mill battery storage project in the Greater Manchester region of England. With a capacity of 35MW, the new facility is capable of storing sufficient electricity to supply over 100,000 homes in the UK for a two-hour period. The project will be connected to the Electricity North West distribution network and is anticipated to become operational in 2024.


    Equinor’s energy trading arm, Danske Commodities, will extend market access, balancing, and optimization services for the Welkin Mill asset, leveraging its 15 years of expertise in the UK power markets.


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