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 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.