A 27km pipeline is under consideration by UK planning authorities after RWE Npower applied for the development in order to feed two proposed gas-fired power plants.

RWE (FWBRWE) has already received approval to build a 400MW open cycle gas turbine at Derbyshire’s Willington site, part of a 2000 MW total capacity operation planned for the same site.

The 27km pipeline would run from the transmission network in Staffordshire to Willington, which previously held two coal-fired power stations, now decommissioned.

The Planning Inspectorate has 12 months to assess the proposal and make a recommendation to the secretary of state.

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