Millbrook Power Ltd, a UK energy project developer has announced a plan to build a gas-fired power station at Rookery South Pit claiming it will invest tens of millions of pounds into the local economy, support 150 jobs during construction and create 15 new full-time, skilled jobs when operational.
It is thought the proposed power generation plant will take gas from the nearby National Gas Transmission System and use it to produce electricity. This electricity will then feed into the National Grid, which also runs very close to the site. The power station will produce up to 299 megawatts (MW) of electricity and is expected to have an operational life of at least 25 years. The site would incorporate up to five gas turbine generators with up to five exhaust gas flue stacks and an access road from Green Lane Stewartby.
Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council have both been informed of the proposal – which because of its size – is classified as a ‘nationally significant infrastructure project’. This means that Millbrook Power will submit an application for a development consent order to the planning inspectorate and a final decision will be taken by the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.
Looking at Millbrook Power’s website http://www.millbrookpower.co.uk/ it appears that Rookery Pit South could potentially house both this new power station and the Covanta Energy from Waste Incinerator- which has planning permission but is currently on hold while Covanta looks for investment or a buyer for their UK business.
There will be three public exhibitions at the following locations to introduce the plans:
– Thursday June 5th – 4pm to 7pm – Lidlington Village Hall
– Friday June 6th – 3pm to 7pm – Stewartby Village Hall
– Saturday June 7th – 10am to 1pm – Marston Moreteyne Village Hall
For more information see http://www.millbrookpower.co.uk/