Coal plant jobs hopes shattered

Doncaster  Mayor Peter Davies.
Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies.
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PLANS to develop a clean coal power station in Doncaster are today under threat after the scheme was snubbed by the Government.

The Don Valley Carbon Capture and Storage project has already been backed by the European Union - but there are fears for its future after it was left off a Government shortlist of schemes in the running for £1 billion of UK public money.]

Ed Milliband

Ed Milliband

The plans were expected to create 4,000 construction jobs on the power station and pipeline, and 200 permanent positions at the power station, planned for a site next to Hatfield Colliery in Stainforth.

The company which was behind the scheme, 2CO Energy, was last night still trying to digest the news. A spokesman said it had not cancelled the scheme, but missing out on the Government money put it under threat.

Lewis Gillies, the company’s chief executive, said: “This is disappointing for Doncaster, where we would have built this plant and for our world-class project team working to deliver it. We will complete the current phase of the project and meet the knowledge share obligations of our existing EEPR funding from the EU but we cannot take this project further without funding from the UK Government.”

The Government said the four were selected from eight bids received after an evaluation process that considered project deliverability, value for money, and the Government’s timetable to deliver a cost-competitive CCS industry in the 2020s.

In a joint statement, Doncaster MPs Ed Miliband, Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton said: “Obviously, this a huge blow for this project and we will be seeking answers from the Government over how this decision was reached.

“We have always believed that the Don Valley project was an exciting investment in a cutting edge technology that could make a significant impact on the emissions from electricity generation for many years to come, and be good for Doncaster.”

Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies described the Government’s decision to leave the scheme out as outrageous and beyond belief, as he believed the scheme was leading the way in the carbon capture and storage industry.

He said: “I am in a state of shock and bewilderment that the project could not make the short list. The project was at an advanced stage compared to the short listed bids which are years behind in terms of their development. It makes you question the Government’s commitment to carbon capture and storage as they are turning the clock back.

“The project benefited from €180 million euros of European