EDF Energy is to hold consultation events over proposals for a power plant to go alongside the two existing gas and coal stations in West Burton.
The plans for the multi-million plant, West Burton C, were announced in June – and now the energy giant say it is considering a fourth smaller plant on land next to the existing power station.
The company has launched a public consultation for the gas ‘peaking’ power station near Sturton-le-Steeple which would generate 299MW of electricity – enough to power up to 300,000 homes.
Peaking power stations are used to provide electricity at times of peak demand.
If the project gets the green light after the consultation, the venture could create up to 150 construction jobs during the build and 15 roles once the plant is operational.
Local people and stakeholders will be able to see plans and have their say at a series of public exhibitions next week.
EDF say it is also “considering developing” proposals for a further gas peaking plant, West Burton D, which would be capable of generating up to 50MW of electricity.
West Burton D would be subject to its own planning application, which would be submitted to the local planning authority, Bassetlaw District Council.
Both proposals are “subject to investment decisions by the company” should they gain planning permission.
Matt Sykes, EDF Energy’s director, coal, gas and renewable operations, said: “Nottinghamshire is an important centre of energy excellence for EDF Energy in the UK.
“The existing coal power stations at West Burton and Cottam have a role to play, providing secure generation until new lower carbon generation is ready to take their place.
“We also have a modern larger gas power station at West Burton and an innovative battery storage project under construction on the site.
“They are examples of the large scale investments EDF Energy is making to meet the UK’s need for secure, low carbon electricity. The proposed smaller stations would play an important role in meeting the country’s future energy needs.
“Public consultation is key to developing our plans and we are looking forward to talking with local people at the exhibitions in September.
“It is important to stress that a decision to invest in either of the proposed new gas stations relies on securing the necessary consents and permits and completion of the work needed to demonstrate their feasibility.”
The planning application is expected to be submitted during the first three months of 2018 to Government agency the Planning Inspectorate for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.
The public exhibitions will be held at on September 14 at Sturton Village Hall between 2pm-7pm, September 15 at Beckingham Village Hall between 2pm-7pm and on September 16 at Knaith Park Village Hall between 10am – 3pm.