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Thurrock Power, a subsidiary of Statera Energy, is proposing to submit plans to develop a flexible generation and storage power plant known as Thurrock Flexible Generation Plant. The development comprises a gas fired electricity generating station and a battery storage facility on land to the north of Tilbury substation, Thurrock.

Statera Energy was created with the aim of delivering increased flexibility for the UK electricity system to assist in the transition to a low carbon economy in the belief that renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, will become the dominant form of generation of the future.

Thurrock Power is a fully integrated developer, owner, and operator of flexible infrastructure which will include both energy storage and high-efficiency gas reciprocating engines.

Background

As we continue the transition towards a low carbon economy, renewable energy is ever more prominent as the lowest cost form of electricity generation for consumers. At the same time renewable energy is helping to ensure security of electricity supply for the United Kingdom while providing a cleaner, greener outlook for future generations.

With a higher proportion of our energy sourced from renewables, it is becoming increasingly challenging to balance the UK electricity system because of the intermittency of wind and solar output.

For example, in summer months on bright, windy days it is not uncommon for too much electricity to be generated, whereas on cloudy wind-less days in winter months there may be a shortfall. Due to the inherently uncertain nature of these power sources, particularly at times of peak demand, there is a need for a flexible supply of electricity in the south-east and more especially around London, where many of the old power stations have been closed in the last 40 years.

The Development

Thurrock Flexible Generation Plant comprises 600 megawatts of gas fired electrical output on a fast response basis if called by National Grid, together with up to 150 megawatts of battery storage capacity on the land to the north of Tilbury substation.

Thurrock Power would have a total capacity of 750 megawatts and because the proposed scheme is above 50 megawatts it is therefore classified as a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ under the Planning Act 2008. Applications for such projects must be made directly to the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy rather than Thurrock Council), and the consent granted will be known as a ‘‘Development Consent Order” (DCO).

Thurrock Power is committed to providing a meaningful consultation on the proposed development with the local community, businesses and interested parties. We will regularly provide updates on the project on this website.