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Go ahead for major gas-fired power station in Norfolk

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The government has granted EP(UK) Power Developments consent to build a new gas fired power station at its site at the Willows Business Park at Saddlebow in King’s Lynn with a capacity of up to 1,700 MW, enough to meet electricity needs of almost 2 million homes. Construction could start in mid-2020 creating up to 600 construction jobs with a further 40 permanent operational jobs once the plant is up and running. James Crankshaw, head of engineering at EPUKI, said: “We are delighted with the secretary of state’s decision. This new power station will help play a key role in both the local economy and in the security of electricity supplies nationally”. The new power station could involve two combined cycle gas turbine units (CCGT) or a single CCGT unit plus a gas-fired peaking unit of up to 299 MW, which could respond rapidly to changes in electricity demand and supply.

Separately, business leaders and local goverment have pledged to work more closely to secure improvements to infrastructure for Norfolk and Suffolk, following a visit to Norwich last week from the chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt and commissioner, Professor Sir Tim Besley. Hosted by New Anglia LEP, priorities to emerge from the event included working towards full digital connectivity across Norfolk and Suffolk; a more efficient and varied energy generation and storage network and developing collaboration across public/private sectors.

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