Plans are being drawn up for a new gas-fired power station at Meaford.
Meaford Energy Ltd wants to build a 30-acre station at Meaford Business Park – the site of the former coal-fired Meaford Power Station that was decommissioned and demolished in the 1990s.
The company – which has been formed by business park owner St Modwen and property investment firm Glenfinnan – says plans are at a very early stage but that ‘Meaford Energy Centre’ would have the capacity to generate enough energy to supply every household in North Staffordshire.
The plans are expected to be revealed to residents during a three-day public consultation event in October. More formal consultation will then be held next summer before proposals are submitted to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate late next year. A decision from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is expected in 2016.
The Meaford Energy Centre proposals are for a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power station (CCGT). Far more efficient than traditional gas power stations, CCGT plants use both gas and steam to generate electricity, the company says.
Compressed air and natural gas are ignited and fed into a combustion turbine that drives a generator. The surplus heat generated by this process is used to create steam, which is used to drive a second turbine attached to a generator. This turns what could be waste heat into an efficient source of additional power.
Meaford Energy Ltd estimates 800 construction jobs would be created, with a further 30 to staff the plant once it is operational.
You can find out more at the Meaford Energy Centre website HERE.