England’s biggest gas plant given go-ahead with carbon capture conditions

A new 1,700 megawatt (MW) combined cycle gas power plant in the north-east has been approved under the fast-track planning regime but will not be able to operate at full capacity until it is carbon capture ready.

The Tees Combined Cycle Power Plant near Redcar in Teesside, was granted a development consent order under the Planning Act 2008 last week.

The power plant will boast two combined cycle gas power turbines on 15 hectares of brownfield land at Wilton International – a major industrial complex and the site of the former 1,875MW Teesside gas power station, which closed in 2013.

But the secretary of state has decided that the plant will only be able to have an output of 1,520 MW equivalent until developers Sembcorp Utilities can show it is technically feasible to retrofit a carbon capture plant.

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