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UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry has given the go-ahead for InterGen’s pr ...

UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry has given the go-ahead for InterGen’s proposals to construct a new 900-MW gas power plant at the London Gateway Logistics Park, Coryton, Essex. The plans are for a new £600mn power station comprising up to two combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) generating units, each around 450 MW in capacity. This brings the total new capacity consented by the government since May 2010 to 5,456 MW, enough to power more than 7mn homes if developed. Hendry commented: ‘With a quarter of our electricity generating capacity shutting down over the next 10 years as older plants close, new power stations like Coryton will play a crucial part in the country’s energy mix as we make a move towards a low carbon economy. There is also a major opportunity in the long-term for gas power stations like this to be fitted with abatement technology. This station will be built carbon capture ready, which means that eventually CO2 emissions from the plant could be captured and transported for storage offshore.’

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