Huge £350m investment to make new North Lincolnshire power station most efficient in Britain

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 May 2018

A £350 million investment in state-of-the-art technology is set to be made at a new power station in North Lincolnshire.

SSE has announced the investment at its Keadby 2 plant, where construction work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Bosses say it will be the most efficient power station on the UK network after SSE formed a unique partnership with technology provider Siemens.

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It means the combined cycle gas turbine power station will use first-of-its-kind, high-efficiency gas-fired generation technology.

The Keadby 2 project was first given planning permission in 1993 and sits alongside SSE's existing gas-fired Keadby Power Station. Construction of it is expected to take around three-and-a-half years.

The access to the site for the new power station (Image: David Haber)

Once operational, the new power station will be capable of generating up to 840MW of electricity - enough to power thousands of homes.

Charlie Cryans, director of construction for SSE, said the investment was a signal of the company's commitment to the area.

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He said: "We are delighted to be able to work with Siemens to deliver this industry leading project.

"An investment of this size shows SSE’s commitment to the North Lincolnshire area and we are keen to work with local stakeholders to maximise opportunities where possible."

The entrance to SSE's existing Keadby Power Station site. The firm has announced a £350 million investment in technology for its new Keadby 2 power station (Image: David Haber)

Councillor John Briggs, an Axholme North ward member on North Lincolnshire Council, said: "I am pleased that SSE have taken this step to make such a significant investment in the local area.

"I, and my ward colleague Councillor Julie Reed, look forward to engaging with SSE to ensure local communities are involved in this project.

"I am keen to ensure that the area is able to realise the benefits of this project, I will promote the use of our local workforce in both the construction and future operations of Keadby 2.

"Furthermore, I will encourage the use of local steel and local contractors in the build phase.

"Hosting leading technology of this kind in North Lincolnshire will be an excellent opportunity."

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