Government consent for construction of flue gas desulphurisation
plant at Cottam Power Station, Nottinghamshire. Stephen Timms, Minister for Energy, today approved a proposal from EDF Energy (Cottam Power) Ltd to fit a flue gas desulphurisation plant at its 2000 MW coal-fired power station at Cottam in Nottinghamshire. The new plant will have a dual role. The flue gas desulphurisation
plant will be designed and operated as a chemical absorption process.
Injection of a limestone slurry will remove over 90% of the sulphur
dioxide from the combustion gases and produce de-sulpho gypsum which is heavily used in the building trade.
In a Written Ministerial Statement, Mr Timms said:
"I have today granted consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act
1989 to EDF Energy (Cottam Power) Limited for the construction of
flue gas desulphurisation plant at the 2,000 MW coal-fired power
station at Cottam in Nottinghamshire. Planning permission for the
plant has also been deemed to be granted, subject to 54 planning
conditions agreed with the Nottinghamshire County Council and the
Bassetlaw District Council.
"The consent is for the final two units with the first two already
obtaining consent in August 2002 and which are currently under
"Copies of the Press Notice and decision letter are being placed in
the Library of the House."
1. Consent to build, extend and operate power stations is required
under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. Planning permission
has been deemed to be granted under Section 90(2) of the Town and
Country Planning Act 1990.
2. Press copies of the decision letter and consent are available from
Neil Burrows, DTI Press Office, tel. 020 7215 5960. Public copies of
the section 36 consent are available from Walter Gusmag, Licensing
and Consents Unit, tel. 020 7215 2727. Further information on the
project is available from Bob Kennedy at EDF Energy (Cottam Power)
Ltd, tel 01522 894000.