Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gas-Fired Power Plant in Pipeline; APPROVAL SOUGHT TO REVIVE SITE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gas-Fired Power Plant in Pipeline; APPROVAL SOUGHT TO REVIVE SITE

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Byline: COREENA FORD Reporter coreena.ford@reachplc.com @Scoopford

An energy company has unveiled plans to build a PS25m power project on the site of a former Newcastle power station, 100 years after it closed.

Sambar Power Limited, a subsidiary of UK power generation group Stag Energy, wants to build a gas 'peaking plant' on the site of the former Lemington Power Station, which stopped generating electricity back in 1919.

The Edinburgh company has enlisted consultancy Young Planning to submit a scoping opinion to Newcastle City Council ahead of making its full planning application, to see if further investigation is needed into potential environmental impacts.

If approved and built, the plant would have 11 stacks, each standing 15m (49ft) in height, providing generation to the electricity grid at times of peak demand, producing 49.5MW of energy.

The firm told The Chronicle that it will take around six to nine months to construct, with an operational life of 25 years.

The firm said: "The Environmental Impact Assessment scoping opinion for the Lemington peaking gas-fired power project has been submitted to Newcastle City Council by Sambar Power, a subsidiary of Stag Energy.

The Stag team, which is privately owned, have had a long involvement in the UK power generation sector.

"The Lemington site is designated as brownfield land. It has a history of electricity generation use, having previously been the site of the Lemington coal-fired power station.

"If permitted, financed and built, the project would provide back-up generation to the electricity grid at times of peak demand. It would operate for a maximum of 2,500 hours per year (less than 30% of the time), typically in the early evening during times of peak energy demand, across the winter months. During operation, the plant would be operated remotely, with traffic movements consisting of weekly maintenance visits. …

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