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Green light for two new power stations to bring 1,150 construction jobs

The government has given the green light to two new power stations in Yorkshire which will create 1,150 construction jobs.

The £984m Thorpe Marsh scheme – an 1,500 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power plant in North Doncaster, by Acorn Power Developments - is expected to create 800 construction jobs.

The £250 million Ferrybridge plant – an 108 MW Multifuel (biomass and energy from waste) power plant in Wakefield, by SSE Generation - is expected to create around 350 jobs.

The plants will generate enough energy to power almost 2 million homes.

Energy minister Charles Hendry said:  “The energy industry can be a real driver of growth across the country. Some £200 billion of investment is needed in the energy industry over the coming decade, representing remarkable opportunities for companies in the UK.

“These new plants in Yorkshire are a fantastic example of new power stations bringing new jobs. These decisions are a further example of our determination to clear the back-log of planning applications, to stimulate growth and enhance our energy security.”

Writing in the Financial Times today about the government’s all-out mission to unblock funding, planning and regulation and get critical construction projects moving, Prime Minister David Cameron said people can expect to hear many more such announcements.

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