Eggborough Power has secured planning permission from the government for the construction of a new 2,500MW gas-fired power plant at Eggborough near Selby in North Yorkshire, UK.
The new facility will replace the old coal-fired plant that ceased production in March 2018. The closure of the coal-fired plant resulted in the loss of 170 jobs.
The new gas-fired plant is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs and work on the project is likely to begin in 2019.
The coal-fired power station will be demolished to pave the way for construction of the new gas-fired plant, creating up to 1,200 construction jobs.
According to Eggborough Power, the new power plant is expected to create 70 permanent jobs when becomes operational in the early to mid-2020s.
The old power plant had been generating electricity since 1970. However, the company declared the plant unviable because of the UK government’s commitment to phase out the use of coal in energy production by 2025.
Central European energy group EPH is developing the new power station.
Eggborough Power head of engineering James Crankshaw said: “We are delighted with the Secretary of State’s decision to grant consent.
“Eggborough has been a significant part of the UK energy landscape for over 40 years and this consent provides an opportunity for the site to continue to play a key role in both the local economy and in the security of electricity supplies nationally.”
Apart from three combined cycle gas turbine units, the new power station will also include a gas-fired peaking plant of up to 299MW.
A new underground gas pipeline will be constructed, which will connect the power station to the UK’s natural gas transmission network.
An electrical connection will be provided to the substation located at the coal-fired power station site, and connections will also be provided to supply water.
The government is planning new nuclear power plants at Hinckley, Wylfa and Sellafield and more offshore wind farms.
Image: A rendering of the new gas-fired power station without the existing coal-fired power station in the background. Photo: Courtesy of Eggborough Power Ltd.