MP backs expansion plan, but will monitor concerns

MP Andrew Percy at an exhibition to heighten awareness of lung cancer.
MP Andrew Percy at an exhibition to heighten awareness of lung cancer.

ISLE MP Andrew Percy is “broadly in support” of plans to expand Keadby Power Station, which could cost up to £350 million to build and create 490 jobs.

Owners, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), was given planning permission in 1993 to extend the plant, but it was shelved when the Government introduced a moratorium on gas-fired power stations.

But now advanced plans, which have more efficient ways of harnessing power, have been submitted to build a second generator.

The project, called Keadby 2, is set to safeguard the existing 53 staff and create up to 18 new jobs. Meanwhile, an estimated total of 490 people will be required for work on site during a three year construction phase.

Mr Percy said he welcomed the move but would monitor concerns over increased traffic congestion through Keadby during building work.

He said: “So long as there is minimum disruption to residents during building works then I am broadly in support of it. I would like the company to use local firms in the construction.”

A spokesman for SSE said most of the construction vehicles will use North Pilfrey Bridge to minimise traffic. Detailed plans are set for submission to North Lincolnshire Council by 2013. Work on SSE’s wind farm near Keadby, which could create dozens of jobs, should be done by mid 2014.