A LONG-AWAITED expansion of Keadby Power Station which is set to create a number of jobs has moved a step closer.
Planning permission was granted to extend the plant almost two decades ago in 1993, but the project was shelved.
Owners, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), did not give reasons for the near 20-year delay this week but revealed it is planning to finally move forward with proposals for a second energy producing turbine at the plant.
The project, called Keadby 2, will safeguard the existing 53 staff and could create up to 18 new jobs.
This comes as SSE also announced that building work has started on a 34 turbine wind farm on the outskirts of Keadby.
The company has now arranged a series of public meetings to give Isle residents the chance to have their say on the developments.
Alasdair MacSween, head of gas developments at SSE, said: ”We have been working hard on improving our plans for Keadby 2, which will provide long term security for existing staff as well as employment opportunities for up to 18 additional staff once operational.
“The public exhibitions will allow us to update the local community and give residents a chance to speak to members of the project team, before we submit design details to North Lincolnshire Council for approval.”
The Keadby 2 plan is to build a second combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) which will almost double the electrical output of the plant.
Keadby Councillor John Briggs said: “I am pleased that the plans are finally moving forward, especially if it will create jobs.
“Another positive is the fact that they are involving the community in the plans at an early stage.
“Obviously there may be concerns over traffic issues during construction so I will keep an eye on that.”
The planning permission granted in 1993 is still valid, but SSE will submit a revised plan showing modern designs to North Lincolnshire Council.
Meanwhile, construction work on the wind farm has begun and is estimated to take around two years to complete. It will produce enough energy to power up to 48,000 homes.
The majority of construction vehicles will use the recently-opened North Pilfrey Bridge to minimise traffic disruption through Keadby village.
Residents can view plans for the power station at two exhibitions:- St Oswalds Church Hall, Keadby, today, Thursday, from 2pm-8pm and Crowle Community Hub, Friday, 10am to 4pm.
A jobs fair giving details of the wind farm takes place at Forest Pines Hotel, near Brigg, on Thursday, November 15. Sessions are held between 8.30am-10am, 11am-12.30pm and 2pm-3.30pm.