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UK: Timms Welcomes Investment In Cleaner Coal Technology

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Posted by gfoat on Mar 18, 2004 - 08:58 AM

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 construction.

"Copies of the Press Notice and decision letter are being placed in the Library of the House."

Notes

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.


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