Willington C Gas Pipeline receives approval

Today the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has granted Development Consent for RWE Generation’s proposed Willington C Gas Pipeline. The pipeline will connect the Willington Power Station site in South Derbyshire to the National Transmission System in Staffordshire.

The application for the Willington C Gas Pipeline is the culmination of more than five years of work, RWE submitted the Gas Pipeline development consent application in July 2013.

Steve Boughton, Head of Business Development for RWE Generation UK commented, ”This is the first RWE Generation project to be consented under the Planning Act 2008; a new process introduced to streamline the decision-making process for nationally significant infrastructure projects. It is also the first pipeline to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate and to be granted development consent. Gaining this consent is testament to the hard work and dedication of the expertise in our development team. The market conditions for gas-fired generation in the UK remain very challenging. Against this backdrop, we continue to review the timings for future development options throughout our portfolio.”

RWE Generation received planning consent from the Department of Energy and Climate Change in March 2011 for a new power station at Willington, on the site of the former Willington A and B power stations. The planning consent permits the phased construction of up to 2000MW of Combined Cycle Gas Turbine plant and 400MW of Open Cycle Gas Turbine plant.

David Tate, Willington Gas Pipeline project manager said, “We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the five year planning process. Receiving development consent for the gas pipeline is an important achievement for us in the ongoing development of future power generation options for RWE Generation.”