Carbon-capture-ready power plant gets go-ahead

Energy minister Charles Hendry has given the go-ahead for Scottishpower to construct  a 1,000MW gas-fired power station near Hoo St Werburgh in Kent, adjacent to the existing Damhead Creek 800MW gas-fired power station.

Hendry said: ‘This power plant will play a vital role in providing secure electricity supplies for the South East, as well as creating jobs in the region.

‘It will be one of the most efficient power plants in the world and be built carbon capture ready, which means that eventually CO2 produced by the plant could be captured and transported for storage under the North Sea.

The Damhead Creek 2 Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Plant could generate enough electricity to supply almost 1.5 million homes.