January 10 (Renewables Now) - NEC Energy Solutions, part of Japan's NEC Corp (TYO:6701), is to install 100 MW of energy storage capacity in Northern Ireland for Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc (LON:GSF).
NEC has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for two 50-MW facilities at Drumkee, County Tyrone and Mullavilly, County Armagh. It will also run them under 15-year operations and maintenance contracts.
The storage facilities are expected to generate revenue under the Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System programme, led by transmission operator EirGrid Group. The programme is looking to implement solutions to help the integration of variable renewable generation in Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of efforts to reach 40% renewable power by 2020.
Commissioning of both battery storage units is planned for the first quarter of 2021, according to the statement.
Gore Street acquired the two projects last year as part of a deal to buy a 160-MW storage portfolio, which also includes two 30-MW projects in Ireland. The company's portfolio has a total capacity of 189 MW.