The application for a building permit for the Keadby Three low-carbon gas-fired power plant has been accepted by the building inspectorate.
SSE Thermal and Equinor have unveiled one of the UK’s first power plants to use carbon capture technology.
The energy giants, now stepping into the thorough review process, are proposing a 900 MW power plant ready to join the Zero Carbon Humber plan to decarbonize the Energy Estuary.
Chris White, operations manager for national infrastructure and energy at the Bristol-based agency, has written to the duo’s real estate and planning consultancy, DWD, to inform them of the first passage.
Expanding an existing power cluster in North Lincolnshire would replace older, carbon-intensive power generation on the power grid – possibly by 2027.
It could capture around 1.5 million tons of CO2 annually and would mean an investment of several hundred million pounds.
One of the most efficient gas-fired power plants, Keadby Two, is currently being built on the site west of Scunthorpe and the River Trent, replacing the original coal-fired plant of the 1950s with gas.
Early stage suggestions for Keadby Four – are operated with hydrogen – goods unveiled in April , again in partnership with SSE and Equinor.
Both are part of the Zero Carbon Humber partnership, which is proposing a double pipeline corridor through the UK’s most polluting cluster, with hydrogen production and captured carbon captured beneath the North Sea.
It comes as a planning inspector’s decision is expected downstream on the South Humber Bank Energy Center – a 95 MW waste-to-energy power plant adjacent to EPI UKI’s South Humber Bank power station in Stallingborough.
The Â£ 300m investment is being brought forward by EP Waste Management Ltd, a subsidiary of the company that bought the Centrica site in 2017, with the potential to create 55 permanent jobs.
The review was closed last month with a deadline of mid-August for a recommendation to the Foreign Minister. A smaller proposal that is now being replaced has been approved.