Energy Minister Charles Hendry today gave the go-ahead for a 1,000 MW gas-fired power station near in Kent which he claimed would be “one of the most efficient in the world”.
The facility will be built by Scottish Power and stand adjacent to the existing Damhead Creek 800 MW gas-fired power station.
Mr Hendry said: “This power plant will play a vital role in providing secure electricity supplies for the South East, as well as creating jobs in the region.
“It will be one of the most efficient power plants in the world, and be built carbon capture ready, which means that eventually CO2 produced by the plant could be captured and transported for storage under the North Sea.
“There is also potential, in the future, to use the heat created by the plant to supply the local area.”
The new plant, called Damhead Creek 2, could generate enough electricity to supply almost 1.5 million homes.