AN industry operator is seeking views on plans for a gas-fired power station bosses say could create and support in excess of 1,000 jobs.

Sembcorp Utilities UK says it wants feedback on the proposals, which evolve around a factory being built on the site of the former Teesside Power Station.

Officials say the venture, which is still in the feasibility stage, would be capable of generating electricity for up to 1.5 million homes and businesses, adding it has the potential to create up to 80 permanent jobs and support more than 1,000 across the supply chain and construction sector.

Stephen Hands, senior vice-president and site director, reiterated no decision has yet been made on the plant, revealing the development would require planning approval from the Business Secretary in a formal process that could take 18 months.

However, he said it was important the company sought out the thoughts of local people.

He said: “We’re still at a very early stage in what is a lengthy and complex process.

“However, we believe it is an exciting development with the potential to benefit the site, the Tees Valley and the country’s security of supply and we look forward to receiving peoples’ views.”

Copies of a Statement of Community Consultation and a Preliminary Environmental Information Report will be available from Monday, June 12 at libraries throughout the Tees Valley and Redcar and Cleveland.

There will also be three public exhibitions, where people can talk to Sembcorp bosses about the proposals and submit comments to the Planning Inspectorate.

They will be held at Lazenby Village Hall on Tuesday, July 4, between 4pm and 8pm, and at Whale Hill Community Centre on Friday, July 7, from 11am until 6pm.

The third is due to take place at Westfield Farm, Dormanstown, on Thursday, July 13, from 9.30am until 1pm.