Essex

Coryton £600m gas power plant gets go-ahead

A £600m gas power plant planned for Essex is to go ahead following approval from the government.

The plant at Coryton will be built at the London Gateway Logistics Park.

Its 900-megawatt capacity will "play an important role" in providing electricity to a million homes in the South East, energy minister Charles Hendry said.

The site will take about three years to build, generating 600 jobs during the construction period.

"With a quarter of our electricity-generating capacity shutting down over the next 10 years as older plants close, new power stations like Coryton will play a crucial part in the country's energy mix as we make a move towards a low-carbon economy," added Mr Hendry.

"This station will be built carbon capture ready, which means that eventually CO2 emissions from the plant could be captured and transported for storage offshore."

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