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Business secretary approves Teesside power station

Words: Huw Morris
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Business secretary Greg Clark has granted a development consent order for a major power plant on Teesside.

Sembcorp Utilities (UK)’s proposal for a gas-fired combined cycle power plant on the site of the former Teesside Power Station could generate up to 1,700 megawatts of electricity.

The application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in November 2017 and accepted for examination a month later. Clark’s approval supports the inspectorate’s recommendation for the scheme made in January 2019 after it was found to be consistent with National Policy Statements for energy and fossil fuel electricity generation infrastructure. The station will include up to two gas turbine units, up to two steam turbine units, ancillary plant, hybrid water coolers, with some land on the site set aside for possible future carbon capture equipment and provision of combined heat and power.

The decision is the third major project to be approved this year following development consent orders granted to Tilbury 2, a new facility to be built at the Port of Tilbury, and Hillbrook Power, a gas-fired plant proposed in Bedfordshire.

Planning Inspectorate chief executive Sarah Richards said the power plant is a nationally significant infrastructure project examined within the timescale laid down under the Planning Act 2008. “This provides developers and investors with the confidence to build and improve the infrastructure this country needs to secure future economic growth,” she added.

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