InterGen wins UK approval to build 900MW gas-fired power plant

Sources: DECC, Gateway Energy

UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry gave the go-ahead for InterGen’s proposals to construct a new 900MW gas power plant at the London Gateway Logistics Park, Coryton, Essex. 

The plans are for a new £600 million (US $981 million) power station comprising of up to two CCGT generating units, each around 450MW in capacity. This brings the total new capacity consented by the Government since May 2010 to 5,456MW – enough to power more than seven million homes if developed. 

“The Gateway Energy Centre will play an important role in providing secure electricity supplies to around a million homes across the South East, supplying heat and power to the neighbouring London Gateway Port and Logistics and Business Park and bringing jobs and investment to Essex,” said the energy minister. 

InterGen already successfully operates the existing 800MW Coryton gas-fired power station on the east side of Shell Haven Creek, approximately one kilometre east of the proposed Gateway Energy Centre site. 

“With a quarter of our electricity-generating capacity shutting down over the next ten years as older plants close, new power stations like Coryton will play a crucial part in the country’s energy mix as we make a move towards a low carbon economy,” Hendry added. 

The proposed combined cycle gas turbine plant would take about three years to build, generating around 600 jobs during the construction period. 

“There is also a major opportunity in the long term for gas power stations like this to be fitted with abatement technology. This station will be built carbon capture ready, which means that eventually CO2 emissions from the plant could be captured and transported for storage offshore. 

In the UK over the next decade, a significant number of existing coal-fired and nuclear electricity generation power stations will close. The construction of the Gateway Energy Centre will help to ensure that this lost electricity production is replaced and to produce electricity when wind generation is low. The power station is being designed to be carbon capture ready, such that when the carbon capture technology is proven on a large scale the equipment can be retrofitted to the site and up to 90% of CO2 captured.

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