Plans to construct a combined heat & power station at Seal sands, Teesside have been given the go-ahead by UK energy minister Malcolm Wicks.

Thor Cogeneration Ltd is to construct a 1020 MW gas-fired CHP facility at the site for ConocoPhillips, which operates the Norsea Oil terminal there, to supply a liquefied natural gas (LNG) re-gasification facility.

Stockton Borough Council approved the scheme in April 2007 and the license to generate was also approved last year. The station is expected to comprise of two gas-fired turbines.

Commenting on the planning consent Thor director, Martin Green, said: ‘We will now be finalising the financial and contractual arrangements for the project and we would expect land preparation to commence very soon with the full construction commencing in 2009 and power being supplied into the grid in the early part of 2012.’

Paul Verrill, project manager added: ‘It fits well with the government’s recent energy review which concluded that while the drive to develop alternative and renewable energy sources continues, a new generation of cleaner, super-efficient gas fired power stations is likely to remain necessary in the short to medium term.’