20 Nov 13

EDF Energy submits amended Application for Consent for Sutton Bridge B

EDF Energy can confirm that it has submitted an updated application to the Department for Energy and Climate Change for consent to build a gas fired power station at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire.

This follows a public exhibition about the proposed project which was held on 21 September in Sutton Bridge. Almost 200 responses have been received from the public with 65 people attending the one day event at the Curlew Centre in the town.

EDF Energy had previously put on hold an application made in December 2005 for the proposed project which would be on land next to the existing Sutton Bridge power station. The company has now decided to update its application, incorporating some design changes and taking into account new, higher capacity and more efficient technology which would mean lower CO2 emissions for every unit of electricity produced by the plant.

Studies carried out at the time of the original application have been re-evaluated in light of the proposed design changes and a new environmental statement has been submitted to accompany the updated application.

The project is in its early stages and if consent were to be granted by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the project would still be subject to an investment decision by EDF Energy.

Jeremy Bush, Power Origination & Asset Development Manager at EDF Energy said:

“It was good to have the opportunity to meet with the local community around Sutton Bridge in September and provide further information on the proposed project.

“The UK needs massive investment in new power generation to keep the lights on in the coming years. Efficient gas fired stations can play a role in meeting that need as part of a diverse mix of energy sources, including nuclear and renewables.

“Construction of Sutton Bridge B remains subject to an investment decision, which would be made by EDF Energy at a later date still to be determined, after securing all necessary consents for the construction and operation of the proposed station.”