Two new gas-fired power plants win approval in the UK

Two new 299 MW gas-fired power plants have been approved by the British government for use as peaking plants, in case of high demand or if there is a drop in power in other facilities.
The announcement on Thursday is for one plant to be built by Progress Power Ltd in Suffolk, east England and the other to be built by Hirwaun Power Limited in South Wales.

The projects are expected to create up to 400 jobs, with around 30 permanent positions once they start operating.

The news follows National Grid’s annoucenment this winter’s power margin – the difference between peak demand and available supply – could be the tightest in a decade.


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