Why Meaford Business Park
Meaford Business Park (MBP) is a 43 hectare (106 acre) brownfield site, 34 hectare (85 acre) of which has extant planning permission for industrial/warehouse units and offices. It is owned by St. Modwen. View information about Meaford Business Park.
The Meaford Energy Centre (MEC) will act as a catalyst to progress the development of MBP. A CCGT power station on MBP would make the location more attractive to manufacturing, hi-tech industries and logistics occupiers, all of which would benefit from being located in close proximity to a secure supply of power together with the potential opportunity to take surplus heat generated by the proposed MEC which will help reduce their carbon footprint.
MEL selected MBP as a location for a CCGT power station as it is:
- Ready to be developed
- The former location of the coal-fired Meaford A & B Power Stations
- Served by existing electricity distribution infrastructure
- Located a short distance from a local gas pipeline that can supply fuel
- Set away from Stone and surrounding villages
- Well screened by trees and mature plants.
A Combined-Cycle Gas Fired Power Station
MBP is located on what used to be the site of two coal-fired power stations – Meaford A and Meaford B.
There is a considerable difference between a modern CCGT power station and an older conventional coal power station.
Former Meaford A & B Power Stations were:
- Physically much larger than the proposed Meaford Energy Centre
- Used coal to generate energy
- Required five tall and broad cooling towers each 76m high together with a brick chimney 124m high
- Required fuel to be delivered by road and rail.
Images of the former Meaford Power Station
Proposed Meaford Energy Centre will:
- Be physically much smaller than either Meaford A & B Power Stations – there will be no cooling towers and the tallest structure will be 50m high
- Have a generating capacity of up to 299MWe
- Directly source gas by a pipeline connected to the local gas system.