The power generation plant would be situated within Rookery South Pit and would cover an area of approximately 20 acres. Subject to consultation, planning and financing, the power station would enter commercial operation in 2022. Millbrook Power plant will have the capacity to generate up to 299 MW which will generate enough instant electricity to power 150,000 households. It will only be used at times when the country’s need for electricity is greatest. Millbrook Power will employ up to 15 people in management, operations and maintenance roles.
Detailed technical and environmental studies were carried out in 2013/14. A series of public exhibitions were held in 2014 to share details of the project and receive feedback from people living in the local area. In addition, the project team have met local councillors a number of times to discuss plans. Improvements to aspects of the project have been made as a result of local dialogue.
Under the new ownership of Drax Group, the Millbrook Power project recommenced in December 2016 after being put on hold 21 months earlier. Subject to further studies and public consultation, the project will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in late 2017 or early 2018.