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Massive plant gets go-ahead; in association with RBS.

PLANNERS have given approval to a multi-million pound combined heat and power plant on Teesside.

ConocoPhillips, which operates the Norsea Oil terminal at Seal Sands, first unveiled plans to build a liquified natural gas regasification facility and combined heat and power plant at the terminal in 2005, then estimated to cost at up to pounds 500m.

Stockton's planning committee has approved the plans for the combined heat and power plant, which must now be considered by the Government.

The generating plant will provide 800MW of electricity as well as steam for local industry.

ConocoPhillips also plans to import liquified natural gas (LNG) to its Teesside terminal. The LNG is then returned to a gaseous state and piped into the UK's National Transmission System.

Martyn Pellew, group development director for PD Ports, which leases berths to ConocoPhillips, said the planning approval was great news for the Tees Valley.

"This is a long-term project that will take some time to come to fruition, but it brings another energy source into the area, which is good news for business.

This is also a long-term commitment to the Tees Valley."

Meanwhile, consent has been granted for a Stokesley company's plans to build a pounds 500m gas-fired power station at Carrington, Manchester.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2008
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