The UK government has approved the development of a 1GW gas-fired power plant in Wrexham, north Wales.
Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for business, energy and industrial strategy, has signed off on the £300m project, which will create 515 construction and 30 permanent jobs.
The company behind the scheme, Wrexham Power Ltd, was given planning permission by the Planning Inspectorate, after three years of public consultation.
Original plans for overhead pylons and power cables were dropped following complaints from residents group, the Wrexham Residents Against Power Scheme
Construction is now expected to get into full swing by October 2018, allowing the scheme to start generating in late 2021.
Atkins is acting as the engineering design and environmental consultants on the project which will involve building one gas turbine building with up to two gas turbines, and one steam turbine building with a single steam turbine.
The new plant will be connected to the gas main through a 3.5km buried pipeline, while the electrical connection will now also be routed underground after plans were dropped to use over-head pylons.
There would be up to two exhaust gas emission flue stacks, up to two heat recovery steam generator buildings with up to two heat recovery steam generators; an air cooled condenser; switchgear room; administrative/control building; heat two network interface building; 132kV switchyard; up to three transformer compounds with up to three transformers, as well as other plant and site infrastructure.
A Wrexham Power Ltd spokesman said it’s a “£300m investment in the local economy and will use gas to produce electricity flexibly and efficiently”.