The open-cycle gas turbine power station will be built by power company Drax on an eight hectare site on a former clay mine in Rookery Pit South.
The application for the project was submitted via the fast-track Planning Act 2008 regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects, in October 2017.
Planning Act 2008
06 Apr 2016
Drax says it will take two years to build the plant, subject to funding secured through the government’s capacity market auction.
As a peaking plant, Milbrook Power station would run for less than 1,500 hours a year – as a five-year rolling average – lowering requirements for pollutant monitoring frequency, energy efficiency and pollution abatement.
Drax said the facility will be used to provide flexible backup generation within 20 minutes compared to combined cycle plants which take up to four hours – this is because it will not have a steam turbine to recover heat from flue gases.
The power station will also not need to be set up as carbon capture ready under the Energy Act 2008, as the rated electrical output is one megawatt under the 300MW threshold.
As there are no statutory designated European sites within at least 10km of the site, Natural England said the proposed development was unlikely to result in any significant effects on the integrity of the special interest of any European site.
Natural England said no appropriate assessment was required under The Habitats Directive as the scheme was not likely to have a significant impact on any Natura 2000 sites – special protection areas and special areas of conservation.
The government is planning to hold another capacity auction in 2020 after the public funding mechanism was deemed unlawful by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in November.
But the claimant in the case, Tempus Energy, filed a legal claim with the High Court to enforce the ECJ shutdown earlier this month.