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New power stations bring jobs to Yorkshire

Ministers today gave the go-ahead for two new power stations in Yorkshire that will create over 1,000 jobs and generate enough energy to power…

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Ministers today gave the go-ahead for two new power stations in Yorkshire that will create over 1,000 jobs and generate enough energy to power almost two million homes.

The consented plants are:

  • Ferrybridge - a 108 MW Multifuel (biomass and energy from waste) power plant in Wakefield, Yorkshire, representing an investment of £250m by SSE Generation. It is expected around 350 jobs will be created during construction; and
  • Thorpe Marsh - a 1,500 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power plant in North Doncaster, Yorkshire, representing an investment of £984m by Acorn Power Developments. It expected that up to 800 jobs will be created during construction.

Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy, said:

“The energy industry can be a real driver of growth across the country. Some £200bn of investment is needed in the energy industry over the coming decade, representing remarkable opportunities for companies in the UK.

“These new plants in Yorkshire are a fantastic example of new power stations bringing new jobs. These decisions are a further example of our determination to clear the back-log of planning applications, to stimulate growth and enhance our energy security.”


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Published 31 October 2011