A gas-fired power station could be built at Meaford Business Park, the site of the former coal-fired power station which was demolished in the 1990s. Meaford Energy Ltd has plans for a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power station (CCGT) on the 30-acre site. The company, a joint venture between business park owner St Modwen and property investment firm Glenfinnan, claims it would generate enough energy to supply every household in North Staffordshire.
CCGTs use both gas and steam to generate electricity and are far more efficient than traditional gas power stations, the company claims.
Compressed air and natural gas are ignited and fed into a combustion turbine that drives a generator. The surplus heat generated by this process is used to create steam, which is used to drive a second turbine attached to a generator. This turns what could be waste heat into an efficient source of additional power.
“We estimate that the proposed Meaford Energy Centre would create 800 construction jobs over three years during the construction phase alone and a further 30 jobs for highly skilled professionals once it is operational. It will also provide the opportunity to create additional employment as the remaining part of the site is developed,” said St Modwen Regional Director Rupert Wood.
The plans will be revealed to local residents at three informal consultation events this month (see dates and venues below).
“The comments and views of all local residents are important to us and feedback from the consultation process will inform the development of our proposals,” Brook continued.
The planning application stages are: 1 Informal consultation; 2 Production of more detailed designs; 3 Formal consultation; 4 Application submitted to the Planning Inspectorate; 5 Application reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate; 6 Public examination of proposals (including hearings) 7 Planning Inspectorate recommendation produced.
A decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is expected in 2016. Meaford Energy Ltd are holding three public consultation events where local residents are invited to discuss the proposal with their Project Team:
• Wednesday 9 October 2013 1pm to 7pm
Function Room, Lakeside Tavern, Meaford Road, Meaford, Staffordshire, ST15 8UX
• Thursday 10 October 2013 1pm to 8pm
Station Community Centre, Stone Rail Station, Station Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8ER
• Friday 11 October 2013
Barlaston Village Hall. 1 Longton Road, Barlaston, Staffordshire, ST12 9AA
Further information is available online at www.meaford-energy.com