Ministers back £5m power line project at King’s Lynn power station

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Energy bosses have welcomed government approval for a multi-million pound power line to the site of a proposed new Lynn power station, but have refused to say if they will go ahead with the scheme.

An application to build a connecting line between the existing grid and the site of the planned King’s Lynn B station on the Willows Business Park at Saddlebow, which would cost £5 million, has now been approved by energy secretary Ed Davey.

The announcement has renewed questions over whether Centrica, who mothballed their existing gas-fired station on the site in 2012 because of high costs and excess capacity, will go ahead with the development, which they have permission to pursue.

A company spokesman said today, Monday January 6, that Mr Davey’s decision was an important step forward to making the area suitable for development.

But she added: “We’re continuing to look carefully at the market for investing in gas-fired power stations, including King’s Lynn B.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Connolly, project manager for the National Grid, said: “We are delighted the Secretary of State has granted consent.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with local groups, Centrica and other key stakeholders to enable the timely delivery of this new connection.”