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£450m power plant up for grabs

CONTRACTS - ABERDEENSHIRE

TWO ENERGY suppliers have joined forces to draw up plans for a £450 million power station in Aberdeenshire.

The low-carbon electricity plant will be built next to another power station owned by Scottish and Southern Energy, which has linked with BP Alternative Energy for the new facility at Peterhead.

Contractors have been given until October 3 to return expressions of interest to BP.

Tenders will go out to five bidders in January and the winning firm will start work in June. The project is expected to create 200 construction jobs.

When the plant opens in December 2009 it will be the largest hydrogen-fired power station in the world and will convert natural gas from the North Sea into hydrogen and so reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses produced.

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