Doncaster power station rebuff anger

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MAYOR Peter Davies has warned that a decision to snub a Doncaster clean coal power station scheme could also hit wider regeneration plans for the borough.

In a letter to Government politicians, Mr Davies warns of his concerns over the effect of the decision not to award UK taxpayers’ cash to the Don Valley Carbon Capture and Storage project over schemes including the Robin Hood Airport link road.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies has sent his letter to local MPs, Prime Minister David Cameron, Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Lord Heseltine and Vince Cable.

In the letter he warns: “This decision, if it stands, not only threatens our best chance of cleaner energy, at a low cost per unit, but also threatens thousands of jobs in an area in desperate need of regeneration. The importance of the socio-economics of the town of Doncaster cannot be underestimated.

“Over 6,000 jobs are due to come from the wider regeneration, such as the link road to the M18 and the opening up of 50 hectares of employment land. These, along with plans for 1,200 new homes, are also under threat.”

He added: “I simply can’t understand why, given the enormous benefits this project would have delivered,

the Government did not bite and it makes you question the robustness of the competition process.

“I will not rest until I find out how a project which would have put Doncaster, the UK and Europe on the world stage can be ignored.”

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said she will table questions to energy minister Ed Davey in parliament to find out what the Government’s criteria were for the decision, and to question the process.

However it is understood answers may be restricted because of commercially sensitive information, and that the company behind the scheme, 2CO Energy, may have to go through a judicial review if it wants to challenge the Government’s decision. The Don Valley Carbon Capture and Storage project would have seen hundreds of jobs created at a clean coal power station in Stainforth, with the carbon dioxide produced by burning coal capture piped to empty North Sea oil fields.

It had already been awarded money by the EU, but cannot go ahead without cash from the British Government, according to 2Co.

It has also had £1 billion pledged from Korea, £500,000 from European investment banks, and £500,000 from other private investors.

Mr Davey said the Government had received some quality bids from industry who had risen to the challenge set in the competition which he had set up to decide which schemes would receive cash.