A major new power station development in Immingham, which will feed up to 299MW of extra energy into the grid, has been approved.

VPI Immingham has been given permission by the government’s planning inspectorate to build a new Open Cycle Gas Turbine power station next to its existing Roster Road site.

Bosses predict it will create up to 150 construction jobs and 15 new roles as well as additional opportunities for local businesses and supply-chain.

The new build will increase VPI Immingham’s output to 1,240MW – around 2.5% of the UK’s peak electricity demand.

It will mean the company will be able to respond quickly to shortfalls on the grid, said bosses.

They added that it would also backup wind and solar electricity and help the UK move towards a more sustainable energy system and reduce carbon targets.

A CGI image of the proposed station.

Project Development Engineer David Theakstone said: “We are very pleased that the VPI Immingham OCGT power plant was granted development consent by the Secretary of State.

“The […] project, which can deliver large amounts of electricity very quickly, will aid the transition to a low carbon future by complementing and providing backup for other intermittent sources of electricity, such as wind and solar, whilst also fulfilling the more general role of helping to maintain grid system stability in the UK.”

It will also provide backup for wind and solar electricity sources, helping the UK move towards a more sustainable energy system while contributing to the government’s carbon reduction targets.

North Lincolnshire Council leader Councillor Rob Waltham said: “We warmly welcome this news, which signals a significant investment in North Lincolnshire from VPI Holdings.

“This is a major development that will bring scores of new jobs to the region and make a very real contribution to the local economy.”

The facility will be operational by 2023, and construction will start early next year.

Plans to develop the UK’s first commercial waste-to-jet fuel plant at a site in Lincolnshire have been approved by North East Lincolnshire Council.

Altalto Immingham Limited, a subsidiary of sustainable fuels technology company Velocys and a collaboration with British Airways and Shell, submitted a planning application to the council last year to develop the site in Immingham.

The plans have been granted by the council. A formal decision notice will be issued subject to the completion of standard legal agreements.

Subject to additional funding and financial close, construction is targeted to begin in 2022. It will also bring hundreds of jobs during construction and around 130 permanent jobs to the region.

The facility could be producing fuel from 2025 – click here to see a visualisation of the proposed site.

View looking east. Photo: Altalto Immingham Limited

The plant will take hundreds of thousands of tonnes of everyday “black bag” household and commercial waste and turn it into sustainable aviation fuel. This will reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 70% compared to the fossil fuel equivalent.

Henrik Wareborn, CEO at Velocys, said: “Sustainable aviation fuels are essential for decarbonising this challenging sector and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

“That’s why Velocys are calling on the government to co-ordinate policy between departments to help us fund a fleet of world leading sustainable aviation fuel facilities in the UK.”

Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “This development cements North East Lincolnshire’s place at the heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution, an area already renowned for its fuels production and offshore wind industry.

“For such a high profile project to choose North East Lincolnshire just shows how competitive we are for the investment market, and with projects like this choosing our patch just shows how we can work with the private sector to make locating here an easy choice.

“I look forward to seeing what this will mean in terms of real jobs for local people, both during the construction phase and when the project is operational in the longer term.”

A man has died after being hit by a car in North Killingholme in Immingham on Friday morning.

Humberside Police received a report of a collision between a pedestrian and a car on East Halton Road at 7.20am on May 15.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Humberside Police said the man’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone who saw the collision should contact them on 101 quoting log 52 of May 15.

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