The VPI Immingham Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) project has been granted consent by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The DCO application was accepted for examination on 9th May 2019, with the examination beginning on 8th August 2019 and completing on the 8th February 2020.

Building on established relationships with both Aecom and Pinsent Masons, Ardent were appointed by VPI Immingham B Limited in the summer of 2018 to undertake full land referencing activities, leading up to the DCO application and to also provide a dedicated GIS function for the project team. This work was predominantly undertaken by Lee Hartigan and Greg Eacock from our Leeds office with support from all members of the GIS team.

The project is located on land to the north of the existing VPI Immingham Combined Heat and Power Plant Rosper Road, South Killingholme, North East Lincolnshire and will be comprised of construction and operation of a new gas-fired power station, capable of up to 299 megawatts gross output and associated developments, including gas and electrical connections.

The main aim of the project is to respond to the urgent need for new electricity generating capacity in the UK, which is in line with government policy and the OCGT could now be operational as soon as 2023. OCGT technology enables the power station to respond rapidly to short-term increases in demand on the electricity transmission system and could also provide support when there is a shortfall in renewable energy on the grid.

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