Progress Power Ltd, a UK energy developer, today announces proposals to build a gasfired
power station at Eye Airfield in Suffolk.
The proposed scheme will plough tens of millions of pounds into the local economy,
support hundreds of jobs during construction and create up to 30 new full time jobs when
operational. It will also underpin Mid Suffolk District Council’s development ambitions at
the Airfield. Mid Suffolk District Council has zoned the Airfield for industrial development
focusing on the food, logistics and energy sectors. Eye Airfield already hosts two wind
turbines and the Eye chicken litter power plant, and has an area identified for development as an Energy Park.
Progress Power will engage with local communities before applying for consent to build
the £200m power station. The first phase of public exhibitions will be held at Eye
Community Centre (Magdalen Street, Eye IP23 7AJ) on:
Friday, May 17th – 12.00 noon till 5.30pm.
Saturday, May 18th – 9.00am till 1.00pm.
At this initial exhibition, members of the Progress Power project team will explain how the
proposals will be developed and how the consultation process is expected to evolve. As
the project is at an early stage, there will be no drawings, artists’ impressions or models on
The proposed Progress Power plant will take gas from the nearby National Gas
Transmission System and use it to produce electricity. This electricity will feed into the
National Grid, which also runs very close to the site. The power station will produce up to
299 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough to supply around 400,000 homes.
Progress Power’s Project Manager Chris McKerrow said: “This will be an ultra-modern and
clean facility and a very significant investment in the local economy. We are determined
that there should be as much local economic benefit as possible, not only during
construction and commissioning which could take up to three years, but for many years thereafter. This will be achieved through jobs created directly as well as indirectly in the
various companies that will supply and support the power station in the future.
“The cost of the power station is in the region of £200m, and we anticipate that local
companies and suppliers will benefit from the business opportunities that will arise. We are strongly committed to boosting the local economy and local employment where possible.”
Chris McKerrow added: “Before applying for permission to build the plant we will hold an
extensive informal and formal consultation process with Mid Suffolk District Council,
Suffolk County Council and with people in local communities, as well as many
organisations and other authorities that may have an interest. This is crucially important to us. We want to explain our plan in detail and take account of what people have to say.
“Information material will be distributed to households, businesses and other organisations within the local vicinity. The exhibition at Eye Community Centre is the first of several which will allow people the opportunity to see our plans, talk to the project team and give us feedback. All activity will be advertised in local media and on the project website.”
Mr McKerrow added that the proposed power plant would become operational at a time
when there will be a need for new power stations to produce the electricity needed for
homes and workplaces.
“A significant number of coal and oil-fired power stations in the UK are set to close in the
near future and will need to be replaced,” he said. “It is accepted that new electricity
generating capacity is needed to meet energy demand in the UK in the near future. In
addition, gas fired power stations will provide back-up to the intermittency of renewable
power and support the country’s transition to a low carbon economy.
“The proposed scheme would be more efficient and produce energy much more cleanly
than the coal and oil-fired power stations it would replace. We will do our utmost to ensure that the power plant will cause the minimum disturbance locally, both during construction and operation. Plant operation will be subject to stringent emission regulations.”
Mid Suffolk District and Suffolk County Council have been briefed on the proposal.
Following consultation and feedback from communities and interest groups, Progress
Power intends to submit its application for a Development Consent Order to the UK’s
Planning Inspectorate later this year, with a final decision to be taken by the Secretary of
State for Energy and Climate Change.
Subject to successful consultation and planning process and financing, the power station
could enter commercial operation as early as 2018.
For further information:
Progress Power press office
Patrick Peal or Harriet Thorpe
Tel: 01603 417722
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
Progress Power Ltd (www.progresspower.co.uk) was established by Watt Power Ltd.
(WPL) to take forward the Eye project. WPL plans to develop a portfolio of flexible gas
fired generation assets throughout the UK to support the UK Government’s drive to a low
carbon economy. Stag Energy provides the resources through a management services
agreement with WPL. Stag Energy was founded in 2002 and the company draws on a
depth of experience with a team that has created and delivered over 10,000 MW of power
generation and related infrastructure projects across the globe, of which 2,500 MW was
delivered in the UK.
Stag Energy and WPL are committed to the development of well sited, sustainable energy
projects that are designed to meet the specific needs of the evolving UK energy market.
They recognise the need to balance commercial issues with the environmental benefits
and concerns of energy projects and believe this can be responsibly delivered at a local
They are also committed to acting in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
As part of this policy, they will ensure that the views and concerns of the local community
are addressed, and that the Progress Power project and supporting infrastructure is
designed and developed to the highest quality, safety and environmental standards.