The proposed project site in Rookery South Pit is located approximately 2 km to the east of the A421 which connects directly to Junction 13 of the M1 Motorway, approximately 6 km to the south east of the Project Site.
The Rookery (grid ref. 501373, 240734) and therefore the Power Generation Plant Site, was previously worked for clay used in the nearby Stewartby Brickworks until its closure in 2008. To the north of the Rookery some of the buildings associated with the Stewartby Brickworks remain standing, including the chimneys which are now listed.
The main elements of the proposed Project would comprise:
A new Power Generation Plant that would operate as a Simple Cycle Gas Turbine (SCGT) peaking plant and would be designed to provide up to 299 Megawatts (MW) of electricity. This would incorporate up to five gas turbine generators with up to five exhaust gas flue stacks, a temporary laydown area required during construction and an access road from Green Lane, near Stewartby.
A new electrical connection to export electricity from the Power Generation Plant to the National Grid Electricity Transmission System. This element incorporates a new circuit connection to the existing 400 kV overhead transmission line and a new substation.
A new underground gas pipeline connection to bring natural gas to the Power Generation Plant from the Gas National Transmission System in the vicinity of the Project Site. This element incorporates an above ground installation (AGI) at its south-eastern end.
Given its capacity size, the Project requires a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change once its application has been examined by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State.