Engie to transform Rugeley coal plant into low carbon housing community

The company has scheduled demolishing the coal plant’s giant cooling towers in early June 2021

Staffordshire council planners, Cannock Chase and Lichfield district council have given the green light to transform the county’s Rugeley coal-fired power station into a low carbon housing community comprising of 2,300 green homes, a school, and other amenities to French electric utility major, Engie SA.

In 2016, the 1GW Rugeley Power Station was closed down due to challenging market conditions and the emerging race to yield energy from cleaner sources in line UK's goal of pulling the plugs on all its coal power plants by 2024.

With the recently ordained approval, Engie will soon commence its plans of demolishing the gigantic cooling towers and convert the site into low carbon housing area that sets an example of incorporating various advanced green and energy efficient technologies.

Colin Macpherson, Divisional CEO, Engie UK & Ireland, remarked that their firm has been in positive and productive communication with local authorities and residents for many years, as it simultaneously pushes to drive forward with a powerful proposal that would enrich local areas and add new homes and jobs opportunities.

As per a statement, Engie indicated that it has scheduled demolishing the cooling towers in early June, following which the project may advance to further stages which includes development of the north section of the plant that is expected to be completed by winter 2022.

In accordance to its plan, Engie will be including more than 12 acres of employment space, a new country park by the River Trent and number of other local amenities like a new neighborhood center and a dentist facility. The company also affirmed that it is in talks over supporting a number of existing local fixtures which include Rugeley's model railway, allotments, and the canal.

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