Press release

Internal power generation enhancement for Port Talbot Steelworks given development consent

Today, Tuesday 8 December 2015, the application for the Internal power generation enhancement for Port Talbot steelworks has been given development consent by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

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The project comprises of a new gas fired power station including two new boilers (164 Megawatt thermal (MWth)) and two new steam turbine sets with a gross capacity of up to 150 Megawatt electrical (MWe) with integral cooling units and twin 80m stacks together with an internal gas connection and other pipework, an electricity grid connection and ancillary buildings.

The generating station will be fired predominately by the residual gases produced by the steelmaking process, which are currently flared, with imported natural gas used as a back-up fuel.

The application was submitted for consideration on 7 August 2014 and accepted for examination on 2 September 2014. Following a six month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 9 September 2015.

The Planning Inspectorate’s acting Chief Operating Officer, Mark Southgate said:

“The decision announced today supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate and is the 46th application for a nationally significant infrastructure project to be examined.”

“The decision follows an examination process completed within the statutory timescales laid down in The Planning Act 2008 and is the 29th energy project examined by the Planning Inspectorate to gain development consent.”

The decision, the recommendation made by the Examining Authority to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its recommendation is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website.


Journalists wanting further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or email:

Notes to editors:

The Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Programme of Projects details the proposals which are anticipated to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as applications in the coming months.

Published 8 December 2015