Boost for power plant plans

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DONCASTER could be selected to have a carbon capture power plant built after plans for a scheme in Scotland were scrapped.

Energy secretary Chris Huhne announced the project at Longannet power station in Fife had fallen through after failing to reach a deal with power companies to capture carbon dioxide emissions at the plant and pipe them under the sea.

Owners of the Don Valley Power Project in Stainforth, 2Co, hope their plans will now be a part of the Government’s available funds of £1 billion after Mr Huhne said other schemes could work.

Labour MPs Ed Miliband and Caroline Flint said the plans to build a new underground pipeline shifting carbon dioxide in the Doncaster village would attract more investment into the borough.

Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband said: “It could create a whole new industry, offering the prospect of clean power and thousands of new jobs – and the government must play a role to help it happen by supporting initiatives such as the Don Valley Power Project.”

Ms Flint added: “The UK can be at the cutting edge of developing carbon capture. And we know that projects such as the Don Valley Power Project in Doncaster offer the prospect of clean power and new jobs to both Yorkshire and Scotland.”

A spokesman for 2Co said they were approaching the government to demonstrate the benefits of their project.