more than 1,000 jobs will be created after plans for a gas-fire power station in Knottingley were given the go ahead.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has granted development consent for the Knottingley Power Project which will see the power station built on the site of the former Oxiris Chemical Works on Common Lane.
The development would feature a combined cycle gas turbine power plant and create around 1,000 construction jobs and 50 full-time positions once operational in 2018.
The power station would use gas from an underground pipeline to power more than two million homes. The eight-kilometre long pipeline would be built to connect the 70-metre-high power plant to the national gas transmission network’s pipeline near Gateforth.