The UK government has awarded planning permission to EDF Energy to build an 1,800 MW naturadepartment of energy and climate change (DECC) gas power plant approvall gas-fired power plant in Lincolnshire in the east of England.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) approved the plans for the plant to run for up to 35 years. The government is keen to use gas to improve the country’s energy security following the closure of ageing coal fired power plants and its ageing nuclear fleet.

Some 1500 jobs are expected to be created during the plant’s construction.

“Continued investment in this vital industry, such as this new power plant, creates jobs but also helps keep the lights on as we move towards a cleaner energy future,” DECC parliamentary under-secretary Lord Bourne said in the statement.

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