Customers who use cheap electricity in Kent may soon receive their power from a new plant after an energy supplier obtained planning approval.
ScottishPower was given the green light this week to build a 1,000MW gas-fired power station in Kent, which will be constructed near the company's existing 800MW Damhead Creek plant in Hoo St Werburgh.
The cheap energy generated by the combined-cycle gas turbine station is expected to power almost 1.5 million homes.
Roger Seshan, commercial development director at the energy provider, commented: "This is a major achievement and an important milestone for the proposed project. Our immediate plans will see further development work carried out at the site in the coming months.
"This will fully establish our plans for the site and determine the future timetable for the project," he added.
Energy minister Charles Hendry noted that the new site will play a vital role in securing electricity supplies for the south-east of England.
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