Power plant wins consent

A proposal for a 1,220MW combined cycle gas turbine power station at Drakelow in South Derbyshire was granted consent this week.

In approving the scheme, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) included a condition to ensure that carbon-capture plant can be retrofitted in the future.

E.ON must install plant and pipework to enable the station to supply heat to the local area if the opportunity arises, the condition states.

Energy minister Malcolm Wicks explained: "It is vital that the potential for using heat and capturing carbon emissions is kept open and the necessary equipment should be installed."

Construction work on the site of the former coal-fired power station could start next year. Its three units will produce enough power for a million homes and ensure lower carbon emissions.

E.ON UK chief executive Paul Golby commented: "This station, together with billions of pounds that we are investing in renewables and new coal technologies, shows our commitment to dealing with two key challenges, namely ensuring power supply security in the UK and tackling the global threat of climate change."

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