Government consent for power station

The Government has given consent for a second, much larger power station to be built alongside this one on the banks of the Nene.
The Government has given consent for a second, much larger power station to be built alongside this one on the banks of the Nene.

A Government minister yesterday (Wednesday) gave consent for a second power station to be built on the banks of the River Nene at Sutton Bridge.

EDF’s multi-million, combined-cyle power plant will dwarf the existing power station and produce up to 1800MW of electricity.

Continued investment in this vital industry – such as this new power plant – creates jobs but also helps keep the lights on as we move towards a cleaner energy future.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne

EDF is yet to make an “investment decision” to build and a company spokesman said yesterday that decision is not imminent.

The Government says construction would bring 1,500 jobs and there would be 50 jobs once the plant becomes operational.

The development was approved by Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne, who said: “Continued investment in this vital industry – such as this new power plant – creates jobs but also helps keep the lights on as we move towards a cleaner energy future.”

Campaigners who fought the plant are unhappy it was “nodded through” by South Holland District Council – who could have forced a public inquiry – and by the Government.

Opponent Jenny Rowe said: “They just seem to nod things through willy-nilly with no thoughts for residents.”

She described the consent as “bad news” for residents.

l In Spalding, a £500million investment decision on doubling the size of the InterGen power station is expected to take place next year, with construction starting in late 2016/17. A spokesman said the two-and-a-half year construction period would create 600 direct jobs and a further 20 permanent roles during operation.

This would be dependent on the outcome of the UK Capacity Market auction in December, under which National Grid, acting on behalf of the Government, procures sufficient capacity from electricity generators for the delivery year commencing in October 2019.

InterGen participated in last year’s auction, however the clearing price was too low to support the construction of new large scale gas plant, like Spalding.

It is possible that the project could be built in two phases although, again, this is highly dependent on the outcome of the auction.