Councillors give go-ahead to Severn Power scheme but DTI will give scheme final approval

Plans to build a £400m power station in Newport have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Carron Energy submitted plans to build the gas-fired plant on the River Usk 18 months ago. Councillors yesterday approved the plans, but the Department for Trade and Industry still needs to give final approval for the scheme.

The scheme, to be known as Severn Power, would be built next to the existing Uskmouth power station, which is also run by Caron Energy. The power station would take 30 months to build.