The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has granted consent for EDF to build and operate a 1,270MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at West Burton, Nottinghamshire.
As well as the consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, the station has also been given planning permission under section 90 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
As part of the section 36 consent, ministers have included a condition to ensure that carbon capture plant can be retrofitted, should that be required in the future. They also placed conditions in the Section 90 Direction, which have been agreed with the Local Planning Authority, that the company installs the necessary plant and pipe-work to ensure that the station could supply heat in the future.
Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks, said: ‘It is essential that industry brings forward new energy infrastructure to secure our energy supplies and power our homes. In consenting to this project I felt it was important that the potential for utilising heat and capturing carbon emissions from the station is kept open, and the necessary equipment is installed.’