Dash for gas 2 sees Keadby power station plan revived

Aaron Morby 12 years ago

Power company SSE is resurrecting plans to build a £350m gas turbine plant at its Keadby power station site near Scunthorpe.

The dusted-down scheme is one of a pipeline of at least 15 gas-fired power stations projects in the pipeline in what is being dubbed as ‘dash for gas II’.

The projects are being approved by Government as the call for more capacity grows to make up shortfalls ahead of the delayed nuclear power station programme coming on stream.

SSE was granted planning permission for the extension in 2000, but shelved the scheme when the Government blew the whistle on the surge of planned schemes in the first so called ‘dash for gas’.

New designs are expected to be submitted to North Lincolnshire Council for approval later this year, with the promise of creating up to 450 construction jobs.

Official estimates of the amount of power expected to be generated from gas by 2030 has quadrupled in the last year from 8MW to around 31WM.

Some 15GW of gas-fired capacity has been given consent. Centrica has permission to build a 1,000MW CCGT plant at Kings Lynn, and  independent generator Intergen has planning consent for two CCGT plants with a combined output of 1.8GW in Lincolnshire and Essex.

Spain’s Iberdrola, which owns Scottish Power, is planning three CCGT plants

Approved plants

  • Acorn Power / GE – Thorpe Marsh, 1.5GW – Online 2015
  • Centrica – Kings Lynn 2,  0.9GW  – Online 2014/16
  • ESBi /Carlton – Partington, 0.9GW – Online 2013 /14
  • Intergen – Gateway, 0.9GW – Online 2014/15
  • Intergen – South Holland 0.9GW – Extension of existing plant – online 2014
  • SSE – Keadby 2 , 0.9GW – Online 2016/17
  • Scottish Power – Cockenzie 1.2GW – Online 2016
  • Scottish Power – Damhead Creek 2 1.0GW – Online 2016
  • Carlton – Trafford Peaking Power 0.2GW – Online 2012
  • Wainstones Energy – Carrington 2a / 2b 1.3GW – Online 2015
  • Welsh Power – Cale 0.05GW – Online 2013

Approved, but on hold

  • Conoco – Norsea Seal Sands 0.8GW – Could be online 2016
  • Eon – Seal Sands/Brine Field 1.0GW – Could be online 2018
  • 2Co Energy/Shell – Don Valley 0.9GW –  Could be online 2015
  • SSE / Atco / EDF – Barking Power 0.5GW – Could be online 2014

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