UK's Scottish Power to build 1 GW gas fired power plant in Kent

Mar 11, 2009 01:00 AM

UK utility Scottish Power has announced plans to build a 1 GW power station at Damhead Creek, near Hoo, in Kent.
ScottishPower said the development will cost about £ 500 mm ($ 687 mm, EUR 529 mm)) and will bring 1,000 construction jobs to the area. ScottishPower proposes to submit a planning application for it to be developed alongside the existing gas fired Damhead Creek plant at Kingsnorth. The new power plant will be called Damhead Creek 2.

The multi-million pound expansion will more than double the output of the existing 792 MW gas fired plant, generating enough power to supply the needs of nearly 1.5 mm homes.
Alistair Laing ScottishPower's project manager, said: "There is an immediate need to generate more electricity as older power stations are being shut down and demand continues to grow. Damhead Creek has been operating successfully at Hoo since 2001 and is ideally located for an extended power plant."

A planning application will shortly be submitted to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and this will be accompanied by a comprehensive environmental statement which looks at all aspects of the proposal in detail.

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