New £1bn power station at Willington gets the go-ahead

The former coal-operated station at Willington could become £1bn gas-fired power plant

Plans for a £1bn gas-fired power station in South Derbyshire have been approved by the government.

The plant will be on the site of the former coal-operated power station at Willington which closed during the 1990s.

The new power station, developed by RWE npower, will take about three years to build.

The company claimed the plant would create about 100 long-term jobs and bring £10m a year to the local economy.

Energy minister Charles Hendry said: "The Willington plant will play an important role in providing secure electricity supplies to millions of homes, as well as bringing jobs and investment to South Derbyshire.

"Gas plants like Willington will continue to be a central part in the country's energy mix as we make move towards a low-carbon economy."

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