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Energy minister John Battle has today given go ahead to Enron Europe ...
Energy minister John Battle has today given go ahead to Enron Europe

Ltd to build a 45 MW (megawatt) gas-fired combined heat and power

station at the Teesside Gas Processing Plant, Seal Sands, Cleveland.

The station is required as part of the company's desire to enhance

the reliability and efficiency of the existing process for supplying

the heat and power requirements of the Plant.

In a written answer to a parliamentary question, Mr Battle said:

'I have today granted clearance under Section 14 of the Energy Act

1976 in response to Enron Europe Ltd's notification to build a 45 MW

gas-fired combined heat and power station at the Teesside Gas

Processing Plant at Seal Sands, Cleveland. The decision has been

taken in accordance with the policy set out in the White Paper

entitled 'Conclusions of the Review of Energy Sources for Power

Generation and Government response to fourth and fifth Reports of the

Trade and Industry Committee' (Cm 4071).

'I believe very strongly that CHP should play a vital and expanding

role in the future of the UK power market. The technology has now

come into its own, and the efficiency it offers is delivering

benefits not just to business users, but to the country as a whole.'


1. Combined heat and power plants are designed to produce both

electricity and usable heat. They are also generally less polluting

than other forms of power stations and therefore have environmental


2. The announcement of the White Paper on 8 October 1998 made clear

that 'good quality' combined heat and power projects would be

exempted from the temporary stricter gas consents policy. Paragraph

10.81 of the White Paper set out the criteria for considering

combined heat and power proposals. The following combined heat and

power schemes have been cleared against that criteria:

130 MW scheme at BP Grangemouth

215 MW scheme at Shotton Paper Mill

56 MW scheme at Hickson & Welch Chemicals, Castleford

70 MW scheme at British Sugar, York

13 MW scheme at Kimberly-Clark, Barrow-in-Furness

12 MW scheme at Kronospan, Wrexham

58 MW scheme at Michelin Tyre, Stoke-on-Trent

3. Proposals to construct gas-fired power stations of 10 megawatts

and above have to be notified to the secretary of state under Section

14 (1) of the Energy Act 1976.

4. Copies of the clearance letter are available from Gary Mohammed, Energy Policy and Analysis Unit, tel. 0171 215 2880. Further information on the project is available from Joan Wasylik, tel. 0171 316 5300.

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