Government gives EDF Energy consent for Nottinghamshire power station

The government has given EDF Energy consent for the construction and operation of a gas-fired power station, West Burton, Nottinghamshire.

As part of the consent EDF Energy will have to ensure that that carbon capture plant can be retrofitted in the 1270 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station in the future.

The government is also insisting that the company installs the necessary plant and pipeworks to ensure that the station can supply heat in the future.

Power station

Energy minister, Malcolm Wicks, said:

"It is essential that industry brings forward new energy infrastructure to secure our energy supplies and power our homes. In consenting to this project I felt it was important that the potential for utilising heat and capturing carbon emissions from the station is kept open, and the necessary equipment is installed."

Consent to build and operate power stations with a capacity greater than 50 megawatts (MW) is required under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.