The first phase of public consultation for the proposed Tilbury Energy Centre development on the former Tilbury Power Station site, Essex ran from 26 February to the 26 March 2018.
As part of the consultation three events were held at Tilbury Hub, Gravesend Old Town Hall and West Tilbury Village Hall. The public sessions were advertised in local newspapers, a leaflet was posted to around 15,000 homes and businesses in Thurrock and Gravesend in addition to the launch of all consultation materials.
During the events the RWE project team had the opportunity to talk to local residents about the proposals and answer some concerns people had.
Overall the consultation was well received with few objections, questions mainly centred on local employment and community benefits, environmental considerations, potential noise of a gas fired power station, height and visual aspect of buildings.
The team have started to respond to all queries comments and questions and these will form part of our consultation report that will be submitted as part of the planning application to the planning inspectorate.
As part of the plans, RWE is proposing to develop part of the former coal stock yard of the Tilbury B Power Station site which includes up to 2500MW of Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power generation, 100 MW of energy storage, a 299 MW peaking plant and a 3km gas pipeline which will connect the energy centre to the National Grid gas network. The power station would provide enough electricity for around 3 million homes.
Tilbury is an excellent site for future power generation because of its location, the site benefits from existing infrastructure including access to the National Grid and gas systems, cooling water from the River Thames and excellent road and nearby river/sea transport connections.
RWE submitted the project scoping report to the Planning Inspectorate in April 2018, the Environmental Impact Assessment is being developed, and formal consultation will take place in late summer with the full application expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in early 2019.