Power stations in frame for Government funding

MORE than 1,000 jobs could be coming to Thurrock after the Government earmarked two power station projects for funding.

Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander made the announcement on Tuesday that plans for a gas-fired power station in Corringham and a waste-wood burning plant in the Port of Tilbury could get a share of £33billion as the Government seeks to secure the country’s energy supply for years to come.

The announcement comes 15 months after plans for the Gateway Energy Centre, a 900 megawatt gas-fired station on the London Gateway Logistics Park, in Corringham, appeared to be dead due to a lack of funding.

Intergen, the company behind the plans, required Government funding to make the project viable.

In the last four years, both plants received outline planning permission and hope to begin building next year.

Between them, the two projects would create 900 construction jobs and 120 jobs once the plants are fully operational.

Dirk van den Esschert, director of Tilbury Green Power, the company behind the plant in Tilbury, said: “TGP is very pleased to have pre-qualified for the Government’s infrastructure guarantee.

“We have been progressing the detailed design of the facility with our project partners and are working hard to bring together a finance package to ensure it goes ahead.

“The Government’s announcement is a positive step forward for TGP, proves that the project is sound and will help us to bring the financial aspects together.”

A spokesman for Intergen confirmed the Government has still not decided whether gas stations – or others – will form part of its electricity market reform.

The spokesman said: “We are ready to build, but we need the Government to decide which forms of electricity supply it will be using for its reforms.”

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said: “I welcome the Government’s announcement.

“We are going to have an energy crisis in this country which is going to lead to higher taxes and higher bills unless we secure investment in energy generation.”

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3:18pm Wed 23 Oct 13

St George 23rd April says...

Its a pity Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price didn't put a little more effort in with the government to help keep Biomass GREEN fuel burn Tilbury B Power Station open !!! She gets my vote .... NOT !!!
Its a pity Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price didn't put a little more effort in with the government to help keep Biomass GREEN fuel burn Tilbury B Power Station open !!! She gets my vote .... NOT !!! St George 23rd April

4:35pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Sheridan Farquhar says...

St George 23rd April wrote:
Its a pity Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price didn't put a little more effort in with the government to help keep Biomass GREEN fuel burn Tilbury B Power Station open !!! She gets my vote .... NOT !!!
Jackie Doyle-Price is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. She won't win a second term in Thurrock and she knows it.
[quote][p][bold]St George 23rd April[/bold] wrote: Its a pity Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price didn't put a little more effort in with the government to help keep Biomass GREEN fuel burn Tilbury B Power Station open !!! She gets my vote .... NOT !!![/p][/quote]Jackie Doyle-Price is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. She won't win a second term in Thurrock and she knows it. Sheridan Farquhar

4:47pm Wed 23 Oct 13

coddy says...

Agree totally with the above two comments. JDP did nothing to keep the biomass plant open just stood there like a tailors dummy. Don't need a power-plant at DP world it'll put too much traffic on the manorway
Agree totally with the above two comments. JDP did nothing to keep the biomass plant open just stood there like a tailors dummy. Don't need a power-plant at DP world it'll put too much traffic on the manorway coddy

4:47pm Wed 23 Oct 13

coddy says...

Agree totally with the above two comments. JDP did nothing to keep the biomass plant open just stood there like a tailors dummy. Don't need a power-plant at DP world it'll put too much traffic on the manorway
Agree totally with the above two comments. JDP did nothing to keep the biomass plant open just stood there like a tailors dummy. Don't need a power-plant at DP world it'll put too much traffic on the manorway coddy

6:18pm Wed 23 Oct 13

lisasargent@btinternet.com says...

Don't tell me Ironlatch and the railway will have 2 pipelines running along it now. We will be walking on pipelines, not marshland!
Don't tell me Ironlatch and the railway will have 2 pipelines running along it now. We will be walking on pipelines, not marshland! lisasargent@btinternet.com

7:30pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Sheridan Farquhar says...

What did Jackie Doyle-Price do to fight for jobs at Tilbury power station and Shell Haven? Absolutely nothing. Mind you, she's about to get an 11% pay rise, so what does she care? She knows which side her bread is buttered.
What did Jackie Doyle-Price do to fight for jobs at Tilbury power station and Shell Haven? Absolutely nothing. Mind you, she's about to get an 11% pay rise, so what does she care? She knows which side her bread is buttered. Sheridan Farquhar

11:15pm Wed 23 Oct 13

d_2da_ougle says...

she spoke on the matter earlier this year in the house of commons
she spoke on the matter earlier this year in the house of commons d_2da_ougle

11:26am Fri 25 Oct 13

Vellb1 says...

My partner has just been made redundant from the power station in Tilbury - shame it has not been recognised that the plant has capabilities of burning other fuel?! I am not convinced the government has our best interests at heart - they are more concerned with lining their pockets! Hope JDP enjoys her Xmas whilst many families will be trying desperately to survive with the loss of income....
My partner has just been made redundant from the power station in Tilbury - shame it has not been recognised that the plant has capabilities of burning other fuel?! I am not convinced the government has our best interests at heart - they are more concerned with lining their pockets! Hope JDP enjoys her Xmas whilst many families will be trying desperately to survive with the loss of income.... Vellb1

7:17am Sat 26 Oct 13

Dave_ says...

The biggest problem is that the companies (especially it seems energy/power) that own and operate these plants, seem to wait until the govt start writing cheques before they start to talk about investment. We get stung by these charlatans and yet they do little in terms of investment.

I was chatting to a bloke from Tilbury power station and he said the woodchips burnt had to come from virgin trees (not the wood you see tons of at the tip) and shipped from Canada. Not in my opinion particularly 'green'.
The biggest problem is that the companies (especially it seems energy/power) that own and operate these plants, seem to wait until the govt start writing cheques before they start to talk about investment. We get stung by these charlatans and yet they do little in terms of investment. I was chatting to a bloke from Tilbury power station and he said the woodchips burnt had to come from virgin trees (not the wood you see tons of at the tip) and shipped from Canada. Not in my opinion particularly 'green'. Dave_

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