InterGen is proposing to develop, construct and operate a modern up to 1,250-megawatt (MW) energy centre within the London Gateway Logistics Park, next to the DP World London Gateway Port on the north bank of the River Thames in Essex. InterGen built and continues to operate the existing 800 MW Coryton gas-fired combined cycle power station which is located approximately one kilometre from the proposed Gateway Energy Centre site.
Gateway Energy Centre will consist of an open cycle gas turbine (‘OCGT’) unit (with the OCGT unit having a combined output of less than 300MW) and/or a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) with a rated electrical output of up to 1.3GWh (320MW).
InterGen received revised Section 36 planning consent for the Gateway Energy Centre Project from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in November 2020, making the Gateway project more than ten times the size of the largest battery currently in operation in the UK and set to be one of the world’s largest. The £200m project will provide power for over 300,000 homes.
InterGen CEO Jim Lightfoot said:
“We are delighted to have been granted consent by BEIS for the Gateway project.
Our mission is to deliver the flexible electricity solutions that everyone relies on in a low-carbon world, and this project is a major statement of intent.
We are excited to be entering a new phase in our growth as an organisation, and will continue to explore opportunities to develop projects which can support the energy transition.”
Gateway Energy Centre will bring significant local benefits, including:
- Approximately 1,500 direct and indirect construction jobs;
- Up to 60 permanent skilled, long-term, direct and indirect jobs will be created during the operational phase; and
- A variety of local supplier and service businesses will be used to support the project throughout construction and operations.