RWE has halted development of its Tilbury Energy Centre project in Essex which was set to feature up to 2.9GW of gas generation and energy storage.

The company has concluded the scheme is not currently economically viable due to market conditions and costs.

“The decision to freeze Tilbury Energy Centre has not been taken lightly,” RWE said in a statement. “It will be a disappointment for those who have been working so hard to get us to the stage we have reached.

“We would like to sincerely thank the local authorities and community for their support during the past year. As always, RWE will constantly explore options for how best to develop our site in Tilbury, which remains a good location for future energy options.”

The project would have been built on the former site of the Tilbury B coal-fired power station which was mothballed by RWE in 2013 part way through being converted to run on biomass. Demolition began in January 2016 and was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The Tilbury Energy Centre was expected to consist of a 2.5GW combined-cycle gas turbine power station, a 300MW open-cycle gas turbine plant and a 100MW energy storage facility. The proposals were unveiled by RWE in July 2017.

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