Meaford Energy Ltd has secured a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for a £300 million combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station with a generating capacity of up to 299 MW.
To be delivered on 14 acres of land currently owned by St. Modwen, the new power station, to be known as the Meaford Energy Centre (MEC), is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, which secured a DCO after a thorough three-year process involving public consultation and examination by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Government.
Daniel Chapman, Director of Meaford Energy Ltd, said: “To secure the DCO for this important national infrastructure project at Meaford is significant in terms of meeting the UK’s energy needs as set out in the National Energy Policy, as coal-fired power stations come offline and uncertainty increases over the delivery of new nuclear power plants”.
Rupert Wood, Director of Meaford Energy Limited and Regional Director for St. Modwen, said: “Just as importantly, the MEC will also deliver the catalyst to progress the development of St. Modwen’s Meaford Business Park which already benefits from a planning permission to deliver 1m ft2 of employment space. Achieving this important milestone is further evidence of the joint venture partners’ deep expertise in successfully delivering highly complex planning consents. It also shows St. Modwen’s ability to identify innovative routes to market which create substantial long-term value for shareholders from our 6000 acre land bank. Meaford Energy Ltd will now focus on developing a plan of action that will deliver the project”.
As well as generating electricity, the power station will provide 30 highly skilled permanent local jobs, create up to 800 construction jobs over 3 yrs and improve the area’s energy security, including providing an important source of energy to the planned Meaford Business Park.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
Read the article online at: https://www.hydrocarbonengineering.com/gas-processing/22072016/meaford-energy-ltd-secures-development-consent-order-2815/