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U.K. Approves Scottish Power’s Gas-Fired Plant in Kent

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Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. approved Scottish Power Ltd.’s 1,000-megawatt Damhead Creek 2 natural gas-fired power station in southeast England.

The station will be built next to the utility’s 800-megawatt Damhead Creek plant and generate enough power to supply about 1.5 million homes, the Department for Energy and Climate Change said today in a statement.

“Our immediate plans will see further development work carried out at the site in the coming months,” Roger Seshan, commercial development director at Scottish Power, said in an e-mail. “This will fully establish our plans for the site and determine the future timetable for the project.”

Iberdrola SA’s Scottish Power unit is the only company in the running for a 1 billion pound ($1.6 billion) government grant to fund the first commercial demonstration project to capture and permanently store carbon dioxide. The division operates 6,400 megawatts of coal and gas-fired power plants in the U.K.

To contact the reporters on this story: Kari Lundgren in London at klundgren2@bloomberg.net; Catherine Airlie in London at cairlie@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at wkennedy3@bloomberg.net

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