In 2017, Downing funds invested into Hamble Power Limited, an 18MW gas fired generation site near West Bromwich to facilitate the construction of the plant. The site has been operational since December 2019.
The site comprises of nine 2MW MTU Rolls Royce gas reciprocating engines that benefit from 15-year Capacity Market contracts that ensure security of supply to the UK in times of shortage. The plant is designed to be able to start up quickly (under two minutes), which enables it to provide power to the market at times of peak demand, supporting the grid in the increasing deployment of intermittent renewable energy.
The project is maintained by the Original Equipment Manufacturer with asset management provided inhouse by Downing, supported by a Technical Asset Manager.