by Marco Cillario Thu 10 March 2016, 5:00 pm
A new multimillion power station in Rochester could bring hundreds of jobs to the area.
On 25 February, ScottishPower submitted to Medway Council plans for Damhead Creek 2, a power station of up to 1,800 MW electrical output capacity, which would be built on the Hoo Peninsula, next to the already operational Damhead Creek.
The company secured consent for the new station in January 2011 and was allowed to increase its output in July 2014 and again in October 2015. It is now seeking to be allowed more flexibility in the make-up of the plant – by including an open cycle gas turbine to the structure – while retaining the option of constructing the station in the already approved shape, which only includes a combined cycle gas turbine.
For either option, the investment would be between £600 and £750 million.
The construction period would last around 36 months, and 1,000 staff per day would be required during the peak phase. Up to 40% could be recruited locally.
Around 50 staff would be sought for roles associated with the daily operation and maintenance of the structure: these jobs would be non-seasonal and last for the lifetime of the station, around 35 years.
The council is expected to take a decision on the application in the next few months.