WORK on a new power station is to get under way in King’s Lynn next month, bringing jobs to the region.

Centrica is to build a gas-powered turbine at its site at Saddlebow, creating around 250 jobs during its construction and more than 30 permanent positions.

The new power station, first announced nine years ago, could be up and running in two years and a major refurbishment is also planned at the site.

North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham was briefed on the project during a visit last Friday.

Sir Henry said: “This massive investment programme is phenomenally good news for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

“Not only will it create a large number of jobs during the construction phase and refurbishment, but the installation of a new gas turbine and refurbishment of King’s Lynn power station will underpin 30 permanent and well-paid jobs.

“It is also a very big vote of confidence in King’s Lynn.”

The closure of Lynn power station, which came online in 1996, was announced in 2012 with the loss of around 35 jobs.

Plans for a second plant at the site, next to Palm Paper on the Willows Business Park, were first announced in 2007.

Permission was granted for the project, which had been expected to create 1,000 construction jobs, but it was mothballed in 2011 amid rising gas prices and a government review of energy.

Lynn’s was one of a number of new power facilities announced by Centrica in December after it secured 15-year agreements for more than 500 mega watts of new capacity.