Decisions from Secretary of State for Energy Expected Mid-Summer 2015
The DCO Examination Phases for Watt Power’s Hirwaun Power Project, in South Wales and Progress Power near Eye, Suffolk were concluded in January 2015, and are currently under consideration by the Planning Inspectorate.
In accordance with the statutory DCO timetable, decisions as to whether or not to grant Development Consent Orders to these two projects are expected from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in mid-July 2015.
Assuming DCOs are granted to the projects, it is Watt Power’s intention to enter both in the UK’s Capacity Market Auction. Subject to the outcome of the Auction and the projects’ financing, Watt Power would expect both plants to commence construction within 12 months of the auction, with commercial operation approximately 18 months later.
Watt Power’s second two gas-fired power station projects, Abergelli Power near Swansea and Millbrook Power in Befordshire, have recently completed their respective DCO pre-application consultation phases and continue to progress. It is anticipated that both applications will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in the second half of 2015.