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American power giant Enron has submitted plans to build a £185 million gas-fired power station at Lawford in Essex.This is Enron's second power station proposal in Britain. It is currently building the world's largest gas-fired power station at ICI's Wilton works on Teesside.The Lawford scheme is a joint venture between Enron Power and Eastern Electricity, one of the regional electricity companies.The plans, submitted to Tendring Borough Council, are for a gas-fired combined cycle power station of about 380 mW to be built adjacent to a substation. It would supply electricity to the National Grid.The site was chosen because of the high demand for electricity in the area. Unless a power station is built, electricity will have to be imported from other stations.Enron hopes to start work on site next April with commercial electricity supply beginning in the autumn of 1994.A gas supply contract has not yet been supplied but Enron is in negotiation with five or six North Sea suppliers.The method of letting the equipment supply and construction contracts has not yet been finalised.At Teesside, Enron, acting as project manager, let a £58 million civils and mechanical and electrical package to Wimpey.Enron is now finalising the design of the power station and awaiting a decision from the planning authority and approval from the Department of Energy.