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£400M gas power stations to be built

Construction of two major gas-fired power plants has been approved by the government.

Progress Power will build a £200M, 299MW plant on a former Second World War airfield near Eye in Suffolk.

Sister firm Hirwaun Power will create a power station with the same cost and power output on the Hirwaun Industrial Estate near Aberdare in Wales.

Both will operate as peaking plants, providing electricity when there is a surge  in demand or a drop in supply being generated elsewhere.

Energy minister Lord Bourne said: “Continued investment is essential as we move the UK towards a cleaner energy future. These stations will create jobs while helping to keep people’s lights on.

“Gas is the greenest fossil fuel we have; generating electricity with only half the emissions produced by coal.”

Both plants could be operating by 2019.

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