Planning application submitted for £300m South Bank power station

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Jan 2019

A planning application has now been submitted for a £300 million new power station at Stallingborough.

Owner of South Humber Bank Power Station, EPUKI, has lodged its proposal for a 49.9MW waste-to-energy plant on land which forms part of the existing site, off Hobson Way, with North East Lincolnshire Council.

As reported when consultations were held last year, more than 50 permanent jobs could be created, with hundreds more in the construction phase. 

It follows the recent go-ahead for a similar scheme off Queen’s Road in Immingham, being brought forward by North Beck Energy. Together they could make more than one million tonnes of landfill-destined rubbish a valuable feedstock, with further potential demand created by a jet fuel refinery earmarked for neighbouring land by Velocys, as announced last month.

In the covering note to the 148-document application, Colin Turnbull, senior associate at town planning consultancy DWD, a company engaged by EPUKI, said: “The proposed development will support up to 56 permanent jobs and will be capable of operating for around 30 years. This considerable investment, of around £300 million, follows a recent major investment in South Humber Bank Power Station to extend its operational life.” 

EPUKI bought out the 1.4GW power station, along with a sister plant in Langage, Devon, from Centrica in 2017. 

The Czech-owned company had already acquired coal-fired Eggborough and Lynemouth power stations, and is transforming them from coal to gas and biomass respectively.

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