Major energy project takes step forward

Major energy project takes step forward

St Paul’s Developments has started the next phase of works at its 110 acre former Oxiris chemical works site in Knottingley, Wakefield.

The work consists of a major remediation and infrastructure contract to pave the way to potentially develop a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station, which could deliver approximately 1,000 construction jobs.

St Paul’s has appointed Rotherham-based QDS Remediation to undertake a multi-million pound programme of works which will prepare the site for the power station, to be built by Knottingley Power Ltd. The earthworks and environmental contract has commenced on site and will conclude by the end of the year.

The company 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 some 70 years, in the first element of the site’s transformation. The works which are now being undertaken will prepare the way for the potential construction of a CCGT power station on a 50 acre plot.

David Newton, managing director of St Paul’s Developments, said: “After many years of complex proposals, planning applications and working with stakeholders, The Environment Agency and Wakefield Council, we are delighted to be fully committed on site undertaking the reclamation and remediation works for this major regeneration project. 

“The Special Policy designation on the site allows us to create a sustainable development to make a significant contribution to the long-term regeneration of the Leeds City Region. The support of the public bodies and the Growing Places Fund has been pivotal in getting us to the start on site stage for the power station, which represents a major investment into the region.

“We appointed Hydrock Group subsidiary QDS Remediation due to their extensive experience in delivering complex and environmentally challenging remediation projects, and look forward to seeing the works progress.”

Cllr Peter Box CBE, leader of Wakefield Council, added: “It is positive news for the local community, district and wider region that St Paul’s Developments is moving this project forward.

“This is a good example of how Wakefield Council and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership are working together to attract and support private sector investment, which will deliver major regeneration, economic growth and new jobs.”