Willington Power Station
In February 2011, RWE npower was granted planning consent to develop up to 2,400MW of new power generation plant at Willington in Derbyshire. The planning consent permits the phased construction of up to 2,000MW of Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plant and 400MW of Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) plant.
If constructed, a new CCGT Power Station at Willington would be a compact industrial facility located on land occupied by the former Willington A and B Power Stations which closed in 1995 and 1999 respectively. A new power station would comprise up to four CCGT generating units, each around 500MW in capacity and four open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) generating units with a combined capacity of 400MW. The OCGT units would be used to provide additional capacity at times of peak demand and would typically operate 5%, or less, of the time.
As the former Willington A and B power stations were coal-fired, there is no existing infrastructure for transporting gas to the site, so a new gas pipeline would need to be constructed to bring the fuel to the new station. More information on the proposed gas pipeline is available here.
The Willington site is ideal to help deliver new generating capacity in the UK as it was previously developed and has existing connections to the national electricity grid and proximity to cooling water from the River Trent.
The plans to build a new power station are a major commitment to Willington and the surrounding area and a new station would bring a number of long term benefits. Once operational the plant would create around 100 high quality, long term jobs and lasting investment in the local economy. It is estimated that the new power station could bring a benefit to the local economy of around £10 million each year.
Modern gas-fired power stations are clean and compact facilities. Generating electricity from gas is more efficient than other fossil fuels and gas also contains less carbon than coal. These two factors result in gas-fired power generation producing around half the CO2 emissions when compared to the same amount of electricity generated from existing coal fired power stations.