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Clearance for two Yorkshire power stations

31 Oct 11 Construction of two power stations in Yorkshire, representing an investment of more than £1.2bn, has been approved by ministers.

Existing Ferrybridge power station
Existing Ferrybridge power station

The new power stations are expected to create more than 1,000 jobs during construction and generate enough energy to power almost two million homes.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has given its consent to a 108MW multifuel (biomass and energy from waste) power plant in Ferrybridge, Wakefield.  This project represents an investment of £250m by SSE Generation.

Also approved is Acorn Power Developments’ 1500MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Thorpe Marsh, near Doncaster, costing £984m.

Energy minister Charles Hendry said: “The energy industry can be a real driver of growth across the country. Some £200bn of investment is needed in the energy industry over the coming decade, representing remarkable opportunities for companies in the UK.

“These new plants in Yorkshire are a fantastic example of new power stations bringing new jobs. These decisions are a further example of our determination to clear the back-log of planning applications, to stimulate growth and enhance our energy security.”

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