£300m South Humber Bank power station given the go-ahead

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 May 2019

Planning consent has been granted for a new £300 million power station on the South Humber Bank.

EP UK Investments Ltd has been given the go-ahead for the energy-from-waste facility at Stallingborough.

It will be built on land already owned by the Czech-owned company, as the operator of the distinctive existing gas-fired generator it acquired in 2017.

EPUKI said work could start his autumn, with 600 construction jobs at peak, and 50 permanent jobs once operational in late 2022. 

James Crankshaw, head of engineering, said: “We are delighted to have been granted planning consent for the Energy Centre at the South Humber Bank Power Station site.  EPUKI will aim to progress to the construction phase later this year.  

“We look forward to working with our construction partners, established and new fuel suppliers, North East Lincolnshire Council and the local community over coming months as we move quickly towards construction.

“Unlike many other energy from waste projects, the South Humber Bank Energy Centre is not dependent on securing a Power Purchase Agreement, other subsidy or secured income such as a Contract for Difference. The Energy Centre will provide much needed new sustainable power generation and energy recovery facilities while creating local jobs.”

To be built estuary side of the existing plant off Hobson Way, it will be powered by approximately 620,000 tonnes per annum of refuse-derived fuel, and will generate 49.9MW of electrical power - enough to power about 500,000 homes. Consent was sought in December following consultation. 

EPUKI is a subsidiary of EPH, Europe’s sixth largest power generator, with 2.6GW in the UK – the same output as the two world-leading offshore wind farms emerging out of Grimsby now. 

It has development consents to construct up to a further 4.2GW of new build combined cycle gas turbines at Eggborough and King’s Lynn.

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