A new addition to the VPI Immingham Open Cycle Gas Turbine in North Lincolnshire will create up to 150 construction jobs.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has granted permission for an addition to the VPI Immingham Open Cycle Gas Turbine in North Lincolnshire, creating up to 150 construction jobs and 15 new roles as well as additional opportunities for local businesses and supply chains.

Councillor Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We warmly welcome this news, which signals a significant investment in North Lincolnshire from VPI Holdings.

“This is a major development that will bring scores of new jobs to the region and make a very real contribution to the local economy.”

VPI Immingham is a combined heat and power plant, and one of the largest of its type in Europe. The new turbine means it will be able to respond quickly to shortfalls on the grid, and will also provide backup for wind and solar electricity sources, helping the UK move towards a more sustainable energy system while contributing to the Government’s carbon reduction targets.

The plant, which will include a new natural gas supply pipeline, will be built next to the existing VPI Immingham facility near South Killingholme, helping safeguard permanent jobs there.