Plans for an 870MW gas-fired power station near Port Talbot in south Wales has been given the green light by the Government.
Developer SSE will construct the Abernedd Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Plant at the Baglan Bay Energy Park on the former site of a chemicals facility.
The station will be constructed to be carbon capture-ready, meaning CO2 produced by the plant can be captured and transported for storage offshore.
Energy minister Charles Hendry said: “This new power station will bring jobs and industry back to this disused site and will provide a boost to the nation’s energy security.
“Gas is the cleanest and most reliable fossil fuel and it will continue to be a central part in the country’s energy mix during the transition to a low carbon economy.”
Hendry has also given SSE permission to retrofit its coal-plant in Fiddler’s Ferry, Warrington, with a selective catalytic reduction plant to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides.