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New gas-fired power station, near King’s Lynn, will create hundreds of jobs

PUBLISHED: 17:31 09 December 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 09 December 2016

Flashback to 2010: King's Lynn power station and to its left, Palm Paper.
 Picture: Ian Burt

Flashback to 2010: King's Lynn power station and to its left, Palm Paper. Picture: Ian Burt

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Hundreds of new jobs will be created with west Norfolk set to become home to a new gas-fired power station.

Centrica has confirmed plans to build a 370MW combined cycle gas turbine to reinvigorate a previously closed site at Saddlebow, near King’s Lynn.

Building work on the project, which the firm says will produce enough power for the equivalent of more than 370,000 homes, is due to start in March and is expected to be completed by 2019.

The firm expects to create around 250 jobs during construction and at least 30 more when the plant is fully operational.

The former King’s Lynn power station closed in 2012, and Mark Futyan, Centrica’s director of merchant power, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be in a position to be breathing life back into the King’s Lynn site, which will once again play a key part in helping to keep the lights on for hundreds of thousands of local homes.”

The news has been welcomed by Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, who said: “This is really excellent news for not just west Norfolk but for the wider region because the 370MW new capacity will be generating enough power to meet the needs of around 370,000 homes.

“This is brilliant for jobs in the area as there will be a large number needed for the construction phase, as well as a significant, although small number of permanent well paid jobs at the power station”.

Simon Gray, chief executive of the East of England Energy Group, said: “Gas is very much the fuel for the next 15 to 20 years. We have to cut out coal totally by 2025, and it takes 10 years to build a nuclear power station.

“Renewable offshore windfarms are plugging some of the gap, but it will mostly be filled by gas, which is a much greener way of generating electricity.

“It’s good news for Norfolk as the basin in the southern North Sea is gas.

“This will secure jobs for the southern North Sea and Bacton for decades to come.”

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