Ed Davey

The UK’s secretary of state, Ed Davey has approved a recommendation by the country’s Planning Inspectorate to approve the Knottingley combined cycle gas turbine plant.

The 1500MW natural gas power station will be built 3km east of the Knottingley in England and comprise three generating units as well as hybrid cooling towers and a raft of other infrastructure.

Construction is expected to begin in 2017 with operation from 2020. The plant could supply electricity for up to two million homes.

Infrastructure Planning Portal online quoted a letter from the Department of Energy and Climate Change which states: “The secretary of state considers that in the absence of any adverse effects which are unacceptable in planning terms, making the order is consistent with energy national policy statements EN-1, EN-2, EN-4 and EN-5, which set out a national need for development of new nationally significant electricity generating and network infrastructure of the type proposed by the applicant.”