Meaford Energy, a joint venture between St. Modwen and Glenfinnan, has announced a proposal to construct a new combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station on the Meaford Business Park, located near Stone in Staffordshire, the UK.
Spread across 30 acres of the 85-acre Meaford Business Park, the proposed 299MWe project will include turbine halls featuring gas turbines, heat recovery steam generators, a steam turbine hall, air-cooled condensers, a demineralised water plant and an electrical substation and transformers.
Classified as a nationally significant infrastructure project under the Planning Act 2008, the project, to be called the Meaford Energy Centre, is likely to create up to 800 construction jobs over three years and 30 highly skilled permanent local jobs.
The company has selected the Meaford Business Park as the suitable location for the project on various grounds, including the park's long history of energy generation that earlier housed Meaford A and B coal-fired power stations totaling 360MWe, which were decommissioned in 1996, and the capacity to connect to existing electricity and gas transmission infrastructure.
Once operational, the project will supply its output to Western Power Distribution, the distribution network operator, as an embedded connection, helping to reduce reliance on National Grid's national electricity transmission network.
At present, the company has two options for connecting the gas transmission network: the first one is linking into an existing local transmission system (LTS) pipeline between Aspley and Barlaston, which is around 700m north of the park site, while another one is creating a 700m connection to the LTS network to the east of the site.
The company is currently conducting public consultation for the project, which is subject to approval from the secretary of state for energy and climate change.
Image: Meaford Energy Centre to feature combined cycle gas turbine technology. Photo: courtesy of Meaford Energy.