The extension will provide a further 470MW capacity to the existing 1,000MW capacity. The station has also been given deemed 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 necessary in the future.
Ministers have placed conditions that the company installs the necessary plant and pipeworks to ensure that the station can supply heat in the future, if the opportunity materialises.
Energy minister Malcolm Wicks, said: ‘It is essential that industry brings forward new energy infrastructure to secure our energy supplies and power our homes. Barking was one of the first power stations in