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Damhead Creek 2 Project

Damhead Creek 2 Section 36 Variation 2016

ScottishPower proposes to construct and operate a new Power Station - Damhead Creek 2.

In January 2011, ScottishPower secured consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 and a Direction under Section 90 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to construct and operate a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine generating station (CCGT) at Damhead Creek, Hoo St Werberg, Rochester, Kent. This development known as Damhead Creek 2 (DHC2) will constitute Phase 2 of the Damhead Creek Power Generation development and will be located on land immediately adjacent to the existing operational Damhead Creek CCGT Power Station.

Since the issuing of this consent, ScottishPower has been in discussion with Original Equipment Manufacturers, (OEMs) regarding the project and it has emerged that the as a result of technological advances and increased efficiency there is the possibility of increasing generated output. ScottishPower have therefore secured consent from the Department of Energy and Climate Change under Section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989 to vary the consent in order to increase the generating capacity to 1800MW.

ScottishPower are seeking to further vary the existing consent by way of a further application to the Department of Energy and Climate Change under Section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989 to allow flexibility in the make-up of the plant to include up to 300 MW of Open Cycle Gas Turbine peaking plant (OCGT). The proposed development therefore now comprises a CCGT/OCGT power station with a total combined electrical capacity of up to 1,800MW. This application to vary the consent retains the option of constructing the already consented 1,800MW CCGT-only scheme option but also includes provision of up to 300MW as part of that capacity as OCGT units, with the CCGT capacity correspondingly reduced, such that the combined output remains at 1,800MW.

An Environmental Information Report has been prepared to accompany the application and describes the main respects in which ScottishPower considers that the likely effects of this Variation would differ from those described in the Environmental Information Report submitted in connection with the 2015 Section 36 Consent.

There has been a slight reconfiguration of the power plant resulting in a change to the indicative layout and design, with OCGT units added. Therefore updated visualisations and a re-assessment of the landscape and visual impacts have been completed. Updated and revised reports addressing Noise, Air Quality, Flood Risk, and Combined Heat and Power Readiness have been prepared. In addition a Carbon Capture Readiness Feasibility Study has also been undertaken and this has been the subject of a peer review by Imperial College London. These Reports have been submitted to DECC in support of the current application.

Overall, the application to maintain the power output of DHC2 at 1800MW but providing for up to 300MW of OCGT units is not predicted to result in any significant change to those environmental impacts which were presented in the 2015 Environmental Information Report, and which resulted in DHC2 being consented by Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

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