Kent

Go-ahead for £500m power plant near Hoo

Plans for a £500m gas-fired power station in north Kent have been approved by the government.

Energy minister Charles Hendry has given the go-ahead for ScottishPower to build the plant near Hoo St Werburgh.

The new power station will be built next to the company's existing gas-fired Damhead Creek power station.

Mr Hendry said the plant would be built "carbon capture ready" so that eventually CO2 from the site could be stored under the North Sea.

He said the plant would play a vital role in providing secure electricity supplies for the South East, as well as creating jobs.

'Further development'

ScottishPower has said Damhead Creek 2 could generate enough power to supply almost 1.5m homes.

"It will be one of the most efficient power plants in the world, and be built carbon capture ready..." Mr Hendry said.

"There is also potential, in the future, to use the heat created by the plant to supply the local area."

ScottishPower commercial development director Roger Seshan said the company was pleased to have received consent from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

He said: "This is a major achievement and an important milestone for the proposed project.

"Our immediate plans will see further development work carried out at the site in the coming months.

"This will fully establish our plans for the site and determine the future timetable for the project."

ScottishPower has previously said the plans will bring 1,000 construction jobs to the area, and 50 permanent posts after it begins operating.

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