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Committee to hear plans for King's Lynn power station




Councillors will hear plans to generate more power at a Lynn power station tomorrow.

West Norfolk Council’s planning committee will discuss the proposals for the Willows Business Park site on Monday, as the authority is a consultee.

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Planners have recommended the committee raises no objection to the proposed development, subject to conditions which includes a financial contribution towards air quality monitoring.

A report to the committee said the existing consent allows for the construction and operation of a combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) power station of about 1,020 megawatts capacity adjacent to the existing King’s Lynn ‘A’ CCGT Power Station. However, developers want to increase that to 1,700 megawatts.

The report said: “Since the 2009 consent was granted there have been significant advances in CCGT technology with the latest CCGT units being much more efficient than those that were available in 2009 and they are able to achieve a significantly greater electrical output.”

The options are up to two CCGT, up to two gas turbines, up to two steam turbines, up to two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and air-cooled condensors or one CCGT unit, with one gas turbine, one steam turbine, one HRSG and air-cooled generators and an OCGT.

The report says that an electrical connection will also be required to the National Grid in order to export the electricity that the proposed development would create.

It adds that the variation also seeks to provide the choice of deploying an open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) plant.

The report said the proposal would make a “positive contribution to employment and the local economy”, and a report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) says there would not be major differences in the likely environmental effects of the proposed development compared to that previously approved.

The application will be determined by the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS).



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