The Department of Energy and Climate Change has given the green light to build three new gas-fired power stations.
The power stations will be capable of providing approximately four million homes with electricity and will be built at Pembroke, King's Lynn and Hatfield.
Each power station has been built to use combined heat and power though none is planned to initially run in this way.
The power stations are “capable of extracting high pressure steam for use in nearby industries, should the demand materialise”.
Each power station also includes the necessary land available to retrofit a carbon capture and storage plant for future use.
Consent was also given to build a second phase at Hatfield consisting of an integrated coal gasification combined cycle power station, which will use coal to produce hydrogen to fuel the station.
The consented power stations are:
- A 2,000 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power station at Pembroke, South West Wales to RWE npower.
- A 900 MW integrated coal gasification gas-fired power station at Hatfield, Yorkshire to Powerfuel Power.
- A 1,020 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power station at King's Lynn, Norfolk to Centrica Leasing (KL).