DWD has advised Eggborough Power Limited (EPL) on its proposals to construct and operate a new combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station with a gross electrical output of up to 2,500 megawatts (MW) on land at its existing 2,000 MW coal-fired power station in North Yorkshire. The project also includes electrical and water connections, a new gas supply pipeline of approximately 4.5 kilometres and other associated development on land within the vicinity of the site. The total site area extends to 102 hectares.
As the project represents a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ under the Planning Act 2008, it required a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. DWD led a multi-disciplinary team in preparing the DCO application and was responsible for co-ordinating two stages of pre-application consultation on the project. The application was submitted within 11 months of project inception at the end of May 2017.
DWD provided strategic planning advice throughout the DCO process and represented EPL during the DCO examination, taking the lead in co-ordinating responses to the examining authority’s questions. DWD also took the lead in preparing and agreeing statements of common ground with key consultees and provided the interface with the host local authorities, North Yorkshire County Council and Selby District Council.
The DCO (‘The Eggborough Gas Fired Generating Station Order 2018’), authorising the project and including a deemed marine licence, was made by the Secretary of State on 20 September 2018.