VPI Immingham B Ltd (‘VPIB’) is proposing to build a new gas-fired power station at its site along Rosper Road to the north of Immingham. The VPI Immingham OCGT Project would have a generating capacity of up to 299 megawatts and includes associated development in the form of a new gas supply pipeline, adjacent to its southern boundary. OCGT power stations are extremely flexible, capable of rapid start up, and are therefore able to respond to shortfalls on the grid, usually at times of peak demand.
The Project would produce electricity using natural gas which would be sourced from the existing gas connection at the VPI Immingham Combined Heat and Power (‘CHP’) Plant. The proposed OCGT power station would be located immediately to the north of the VPI Immingham CHP Plant.
As the project represents a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ under the Planning Act 2008, it requires a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Secretary of State. The DCO application was submitted within 12 months of project inception. DWD has provided strategic planning and consultation advice throughout the pre-application process and produced the ‘planning’ and consultation related application documents, and is currently leading preparations for the Planning Inspectorate examination.