The order permits the construction of a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station, comprising a CCGT unit with a capacity of up to 910 megawatts electrical output (gross), carbon capture and compression plant, electrical, gas, and cooling water connections, and associated development.
This is the first carbon capture and storage project at scale to gain consent and it forms a key part of the Track-1 East Coast Cluster.
The Secretary of State in his decision letter said that the development would be “a major investment in low carbon electricity generation, providing 910 MW of dispatchable generation with carbon capture and compression equipment installed from the outset…it represents a considerable commitment to removing barriers to carbon capture and deploying related infrastructure and would be a significant contribution towards the urgent national need for low carbon electricity generation established in NPS EN-1 and draft NPS EN-1 [ER 6.3.5]. The Secretary of State attributes substantial weight to meeting this need.”
Mark Westmoreland Smith acted for the applicant and appeared for the applicant at the hearings during the Examination