The plans are for a new £600m power station comprising of up to two CCGT generating units, each around 450MW in capacity. This brings the total new capacity consented by the government since May 2010 to 5,456MW – enough to power more than seven million homes if developed.
Mr Hendry said: “The Gateway Energy Centre will play an important role in providing secure electricity supplies to around a million homes across the South East, supplying heat and power to the neighbouring London Gateway Port and Logistics and Business Park and bringing jobs and investment to Essex.
“With a quarter of our electricity-generating capacity shutting down over the next ten 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.