An artist’s impression of the Millbrook Power Open Cycle Gas Turbine power station at Rookery Pit South, Bedfordshire

Application approved by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

An application by Drax to build a gas power station in Bedfordshire has been approved by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The 299MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) power station, at Rookery South Pit near the villages of Stewartby, Millbrook and Marston Moretaine will be able to go from cold to full load in less than 20 minutes, enabling it to respond quickly to support the grid.

Once operational, it will run for up to 1,500 hours a year, providing power when it’s needed. It will be able to maintain supplies for up to 150,000 homes.

Andy Koss, Drax Power CEO said:

“Securing this approval from the Secretary of State is a crucial step in ensuring development of the new gas generation the UK needs to provide flexible power and system support services to the electricity grid as part of the country’s transition to a low carbon economy.”

Millbrook Power Station will cost up to £90m to build. Drax say that around 150 jobs will be created during the two-year construction phase. Subject to securing a capacity market agreement from the government, it could be generating power as soon as 2022.

Drax applied for a Development Consent Order for Millbrook Power in 2018 with extensive community consultation as part of the planning and consenting process. The Drax Group says that it will continue to engage with local communities as the project progresses.