Future options for Tilbury Power Station

Future energy options being explored

RWE Generation UK plc is to begin the planning process to develop future energy options at its former Tilbury B power station, located in Thurrock Borough, Essex.

Since the station closed in 2013, RWE has been evaluating development options for the site. Last year, surplus land and the jetty were sold to the Port of Tilbury London for their port expansion plans.

Demolition of the Tilbury Power Station site started in January 2016 and is due to be completed at the end of 2018.

RWE, a leading provider of security of supply across Europe, will now begin the process to develop plans for the site and obtain a Development Consent Order for a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Station and other energy generation and storage technology at its Tilbury site. This development, which would be known as Tilbury Energy Centre, is in line with RWE’s strategy to evolve its existing portfolio across its core regions, developing options to meet future market requirements and tapping into new technologies where viable.

By virtue of its size, the development is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and will be assessed by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). The Project will include up to 2500MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine plant, an option for up to 300MW of Open Cycle Gas Turbine power generation and an Energy Storage Facility. The final decision on whether a Development Consent Order should be granted will be taken by the Secretary of State.

RWE’s Tilbury site is considered to be one of the best in the country for power generation given its proximity to London, the National Grid electrical and gas system and cooling water from the River Thames. There has been power generation on the Tilbury site since the 1950s.

Any investment decision to build new power generation at the Tilbury site is dependent on many factors such as achieving an acceptable Development Consent Order, obtaining an Environmental Permit to operate, future market conditions and commercial viability.

RWE will shortly start its engagement process with all relevant stakeholders including the Planning Inspectorate, local authorities, the public and other statutory consultees, to develop its plans for future power generation at the Tilbury site.

Significant work will be undertaken to assess the environmental implications of developing new power generation at Tilbury in consultation with all relevant stakeholders. It is anticipated that an application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate at the end of 2018 or early in 2019.