FULL details have now been revealed of the proposals for a new gas pipeline connecting Willington Power Atation site to the national transmission system in Staffordshire.
RWE Npower has outlined a raft of features that form part of its application for development consent for Willington C Gas Pipeline.
The plans will see the construction, maintenance and diversion of a gas pipeline, covering nearly 17 miles, from Yoxall to Willington Power Station.
New buildings will have to be constructed at both ends of the pipeline for monitoring purposes.
It was also revealed that several footpaths along the route might have to be diverted, and new access from certain roads might also have to be built.
In March 2011, the company received planning consent from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for a new £1 billion power station on the site of the two former coal-based power stations off Twyford Road.
Willington C power station is to be fuelled by natural gas.
As Willington A and B stations were coal-fired, there is no existing infrastructure for transporting gas to the site. Therefore a new 30km gas pipeline would need to be constructed to bring in natural gas.
The Planning Inspectorate has issued a recommendation to the Secretary of State to give consent to the proposals, after judging the scheme as fit for purpose and meeting the necessary standards.
People are now being urged to have their say about the application.
Mike Peel, Willington Power Station project manager, said: “We would like to thank everyone who has submitted feedback on the proposals.”
The project could create around 100 permanent jobs and inject £10 million into the local economy each year.
To view the plans head online to http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/ or visit www.rwenpower.com/willington