£350 million extension to Keadby Power Station set to create 490 jobs
Residents have welcomed revised plans for an extension to Keadby Power Station – which is set to bring the creation of 490 jobs and cost up to £350m.
Developers SSE held two public exhibitions to update local residents on plans that had been initially granted planning permission in 1993, to progress an extension to Keadby Power Station.
The development, which will be referred to as Keadby 2, will see a second Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) electricity generating station installed at the site.
SSE has revisited the design of the proposed plant following advances in engineering since the planning permission was granted almost 20 years ago.
The plans were initially shelved in 2000 after the government introduced a moratorium on gas-fired power stations. Now with the call to meet capacity, the project has been revisited.
The revised plans mean that there will be more efficient power generation, while reducing the proposed scale of the site.
Around 100 people attended the exhibitions held at St Oswald's Church Hall, Keadby and Crowle Community Hub, many of whom had been concerned about traffic and enquiring about employment.
Alasdair MacSween, head of gas developments at SSE, said: "We have been speaking to people over the last couple of days who have raised concerns mainly about the construction traffic. I think we alleviate the concerns with the completed construction of North Pilfrey Bridge – it has led to improved access for construction vehicles which will now be able to avoid local villages like Keadby and Ealand.
"A lot of people we have spoken to are looking for work because this is a big investment in jobs and will provide long term security for existing staff. There will be a total of 490 people required to work on site over three years including both the construction and operational phase.
"Around 53 people currently work at the power station and we plan to create an additional 18 staff once operational. "
New designs are expected to be submitted to North Lincolnshire Council for approval later this year.
Crowle and Ealand Town Councillor and town mayor Julie Reed, said: "Any job creation is welcomed.
"North Pilfrey Bridge makes it possible with little disturbance to local resident because many were concerned about the traffic coming through the villages."