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New gas-fired power plant gets go-ahead in Wales

Energy minister Charles Hendry today gave the go-ahead for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to build a 870MW gas-fired power station near Port Talbot.

The Abernedd Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Plant will be built at the Baglan Bay Energy Park, on the former site of a chemicals facility.

“This station will be built carbon capture ready, which means that eventually CO2 produced by the plant could be captured and transported for storage offshore,” said Energy minister Charles Hendry.

The Energy Minister today also gave SSE consent to retrofit its coal-plant in Fiddler’s Ferry, Warrington, with a selective catalytic reduction plant (SCR) to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides.

This will allow the company to fit SCR technology to the plant which would enable it to comply with new limit values for emissions of nitrogen oxides set under the European Union’s Industrial Emissions Directive.

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