Energy minister Charles Hendry has given the go-ahead for Scottish Power to build a new 1,000MW gas-fired power station near Hoo St Werburgh in Kent
The new plant will be built adjacent to the existing Damhead Creek 800 MW gas-fired power station.
“This power plant will play a vital role in providing secure electricity supplies for the south east, as well as creating jobs in the region,” said Hendry.
“It will be one of the most efficient power plants in the world, and be built carbon capture ready, which means that eventually CO2 produced by the plant could be captured and transported for storage under the North Sea.
“There is also potential, in the future, to use the heat created by the plant to supply the local area,” he said.