Keadby Power Station plan's generating capacity gets a boost

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Aug 2017

A NEW power station to be built on the Trentside by Scottish and Southern Energy PLC (SSE) will use the latest combined cycle gas turbine technology.

Villagers in Keadby have been consulted about the company’s decision to seek Government approval to increase the maximum generating capacity to 910MW.

The project, known as Keadby 2 and to sit alongside the existing Keadby Power Station, was first rubber-stamped by the Government in 1993.

At the time, the developers were planning to generate 710MW.  But last year that figure was upped to 820MW.

And that came after plans went on show to the public in 2014 which featured one turbine and a boiler and a reduced capacity of 610MW.

SSE chiefs have told residents: “Recent advances in gas turbine design means there are larger, more efficient turbines on the market which provide both economic and environmental benefits as a consequence of improved efficiencies.

“To capitalise on these developments, SSE is looking to revise the current planning consent to enable new generation of turbines to be used on the K2 project.”

In the revised plan, the stack has been moved about 20 metres to the north. But the final engineering design will not be settled until after the appointment of the main contractor.

The villagers have been told emissions from the new station will be different, but are not expected to significantly impact on local air quality or ecology.

During the construction, traffic to the site will be directed via North Pilfrey Bridge from the A18 to avoid local villages.

Up to ten abnormal loads will be brought to Keadby via Ealand village.

SSE has yet to decide the final investment figure for the project.

Keadby has had a power station since 1956, when the operation was coal-fired.

In 1996, a new gas-turbine station was built at a cost of £400 million.

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