Energy project approved

Funding has been secured for a £750m energy project in West Yorkshire which could create around 1,000 construction jobs.

St Paul’s Developments has been awarded £2.45m of funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to undertake major remediation and infrastructure works at its 110 acre former chemical works site in Knottingley, Wakefield.

The works will pave the way for a new £750m power station to be built and operated by Irish energy company ESB, which it has said could create the large number construction jobs.

The £2.45m of funding has been allocated from the LEP’s Growing Places Fund which provides loans for projects that will create economic and employment growth in the
city region.

The loan will be repaid and so available to the LEP to recycle to other projects.
St Paul’s Developments has already undertaken the demolition and decommissioning of the 25 acre section of the Knottingley site which had been the former home of Oxiris Chemicals for 70 years.