About us

Completed in 2004 and expanded in 2009, VPI Immingham is one of the cleanest and most efficient power plants in Europe.

At full capacity, it saves 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent emissions of 1 million cars, compared with a conventional coal plant. The plant is fuelled by natural gas and surplus refinery gas, with liquid fuel as a backup. As a power plant, safety is at the core of the business and great care is taken to ensure the safety of personnel, and to protect the surrounding environment.

Management Team

David Brignall – Plant Manager

David Brignall is the Manager of VPI Immingham, a representative of the members of VPI Immingham LLP and director of the companies associated with the business. In this role he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business both technically and commercially.

Before joining VPII David held a number of senior roles in the Power Industry both in the UK and abroad. His last appointment was with International Power as Production Manager of Hazelwood Power Station in Melbourne Australia.

David’s industry experience spans more than 30 years and he holds a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering. He lives near Selby in Yorkshire with his wife and three children

Simon Hale – Investments

Simon Hale joined Vitol in 2009 and is based in London and focused on investment opportunities in EMEA. He is a representative of the members of VPI Immingham LLP and director of the companies associated with the business.

Prior to joining Vitol, Simon was with Citi and later Gleacher Shacklock in their Energy/Utility M&A departments.

Simon holds an MSc (honours) in Russian and East European studies and an MA (honours) in Geography from the University of Oxford.


  • 1999: Opportunity identified

    Refinery expansion identified an opportunity to take an alternative approach to incrementally expanding the refinery power and steam generation capacity.

  • 1999-2002: ICHP Phase 1 Development Period

    Over the 3 year period a number of solutions were considered and modelled.

  • January 2002: Phase 1 Final Investment Decision

    Early 2002 financial approval was given to develop phase 1 of the facility (730MW and 930t/hr steam capacity).

  • January 2002 — November 2004: ICHP Phase 1 Construction & Commissioning Period

    Engineering, Procurement and construction followed quickly after financial close. Foster Wheeler were appointed as principle contractor.

  • November 28, 2004: ICHP Phase 1 Full Commercial Operations

    Phase 1 entered commercial operation on the 28th Nov 2004.

  • December 2004 — November 2006: ICHP Phase 2 Development Period

    Based on the success of Phase 1 and the advantage gained by shared infrastructure, Phase 2 was developed.

  • November 2006: Phase 2 Final Investment Decision

    Late 2006 approval was given to develop Phase 2 of the plant.

  • November 2006 — December 2009: ICHP Phase 2 Construction & Commissioning Period

    Led by Black and Veatch engineering, procurement and construction quickly followed.

  • December 11, 2009: ICHP Phase 2 Full Commercial Operations

    Phase 2 entered commercial operation on Dec 11th expanding the plant capability to 1280MW.

  • July 2013: Vitol Completes Acquisition of Immingham Combined Heat & Power plant

    On July 23rd Vitol acquired ICHP from Phillips 66.

  • August 2014 — November 2014: Train 3 Efficiency Improvement

    In Nov 2014 a £10m dual pressure modification to Train 3 HRSG was completed improving the efficiency of the plant