Byline: By Aled Blake Western Mail
A pounds 400m gas power station which will create up to 650 jobs is today given the final go-ahead. Severn Power has been given the green light to build the plant in Newport, Gwent, by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. The gas-fired power station will generate 800MW of electricity, and work has already begun on clearing a site next to the existing Uskmouth Power Plant on the banks of the River Usk. It is estimated the plant will take 30 months to build. Severn Power expects to start commercial operation in 2010.
Alex Lambie, chief executive of Carron Energy, which owns Severn Power, said, "We are simply thrilled to get the go-ahead for this important project that will create more than 650 skilled jobs, and provide vital electricity generation for South Wales." The scheme would boost the economy of South Wales and contribute to the Welsh Assembly's aim of energy self-sufficiency for Wales, he said.
Most of the jobs will be created in the construction of the power station. However, Mr Lambie said in the long term, it would mean up to 150 new jobs for the area.
He said, "We are being very sensitive to the environmental aspects of the plant - it's next to the Severn Estuary and a bird sanctuary. We don't take any water out of the water table. All the rain water will be recycled and it's probably greener than comparable plants elsewhere in the UK."
Mr Lambie said the turbine system being used by the company would also cut its carbon emissions, while the gas pipeline supplying the power station would be laid without disturbing wildlife by sinking trenches and …