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No coal power construction in the UK this year.(15th May)

In Industry Views on May 15, 2009 at 10:44 am

Via Construction News

The procurement process for the £1.5 billion Kingsnorth power station rebuild is not expected to progress this year, according to Kier director Paul Sheffield.

Kier, one of six contractors and consortia in talks with client E.On over the project, is not expecting to find out much more about the job before Christmas.

Client E.On has refused to give a timetable for the project, and is waiting to see how its carbon capture and storage infrastructure will be funded.

Mr Sheffield said: “We are not expecting anything to happen on Kingsnorth this year, as E.On is still waiting for its section 36 [planning permission]. There is still the possibility it could all fall through.”

Energy secretary Ed Miliband has committed to helping fund up to four coal-fired power station CCS schemes. But energy firms must wait for the forthcoming coal consultation to close before any designs will be approved.

Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Est, Balfour Beatty and Bam Nuttall are also all in talks with E.On over the Kingsnorth job, as is a Costain/Hochtief joint venture.


EON Kingsnorth IS a precident.

In Industry Views on December 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm

In arguing about Kingsnorth it is important to point out the coal plants lining up behind it and clearly waiting for the signal that the most polluting form of energy is ok in the UK.

From the Contract Journal under “Reasons to be cheerful in 2009

In the meantime, the first coal-fired power station in Britain for more than 20 years has been approved. Medway Council in Kent has given the go-ahead for the £1bn Kingsnorth plant proposed by Eon. The firm says the two 800MW ‘supercritical’ coal fired power units will be a cleaner alternative to the existing plant. The Government’s decision on the plant is due early next year.

A host of other power companies have also outlined plans for coal-fired stations and are waiting to see what happens to E.ON at Kingsnorth.