ENERGY Minister Charles Hendry today gave the go-ahead for InterGen’s proposals to construct a new 900MW gas power plant at the London Gateway Logistics Park, Coryton.
The plans are for a new £600 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.
Charles Hendry, who visited the proposed site said:
“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.
“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.
“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.
“I am particularly pleased to see the proposals for 11 skilled apprenticeships and the training and vocational facilities at the site, and that InterGen will be working with the community to make sure local people are given an opportunity to benefit from the construction and operation of the plant.”
The proposed combined cycle gas turbine plant would take about three years to build, generating around 600 jobs during the construction period.
InterGen is proposing to develop a modern, flexible 900-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power station within the London Gateway Logistics Park, next to the London Gateway Port on the north bank of the River Thames.
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.