How the Energy Centre could look
How the Energy Centre could look
Richard Bell

Plans in for £300m energy centre at South Humber Bank Power Station

Plans are in for a new multi-million pound energy centre on vacant land at South Humber Bank Power Station.

The £300m facility, set to create around 50 new jobs, would generate 49.9MW of electrical power – enough to support around 500,000 homes.

EP UK Investments Ltd (EPUKI), which owns and operates South Humber Bank Power Station, has now submitted a planning application for the scheme.

North East Lincolnshire Council validated the application in December and a decision is likely by the end of March.

If approved, the South Humber Bank Energy Centre will be powered by approximately 620,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel annually.

EPUKI, a subsidiary of Europe’s seventh biggest power generator EPH, acquired 2.2GW of combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power stations from energy giant Centrica in 2017.

Last year the firm put plans in place to boost its portfolio further by commissioning a new 420MW biomass power station at Lynemouth, Northumberland.

EPUKI also has development consent to deliver up to 4.2GW of new build CCGTs in Eggborough and King’s Lynn.

James Crankshaw, head of engineering at EPUKI, said: “We are very pleased to announce the proposed development of an Energy Centre at the South Humber Bank Power Station and it follows the completion of our recent £53m investment in the existing site.

“The project is not dependent on securing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) or other form of secured income such as a Contract For Difference (CFD) as other EFW projects have required and, as such, EPUKI expect to progress to the construction phase soon after planning is approved.”

He continued: “The Energy Centre will provide much needed new power generation and energy recovery facilities as well as creating permanent local jobs.

“We look forward to working with the planning authority and local community over the coming months.”

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