Plans submitted for £300m Energy Centre

Plans have been submitted for a new Energy Centre on undeveloped land at the South Humber Bank Power Station.

The South Humber Bank Energy Centre is set to create around 50 new permanent jobs and represent an investment of around £300m.

The centre will be powered by approximately 620,000 tonnes per annum of refuse-derived fuel and generate 49.9MW of electrical power (enough to power about 500,000 homes).

EP UK Investments Ltd (EPUKI), the owner and operator of the powrer station submitted the plans to North East Lincolnshire council. A decision is expected by the end of March 2019.

EPUKI is a subsidiary of EPH, Europe’s seventh largest power generator. EPUKI acquired 2.2GW of Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Power Stations from Centrica in 2017 and commissioned a 420MW biomass power station at Lynemouth in 2018.

This existing portfolio of 2.6GW of capacity already represents a £750m commitment to power generation in the UK.

James Crankshaw, head of engineering for EPUKI, said: “We are very pleased to announce the proposed development of an Energy Centre at the South Humber Bank Power Station and it follows the completion of our recent £53m investment in the existing site.

“The project is not dependent on securing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) or other form of secured income such as a Contract For Difference (CFD) as other EFW projects have required and, as such, EPUKI expect to progress to the construction phase soon after planning is approved.

“The Energy Centre will provide much needed new power generation and energy recovery facilities as well as creating permanent local jobs.”