Charles Hendry opens Centrica Langage gas-fired plant in Plymouth - 21 March 2011
Minister of State Charles Hendry has today officially opened the Centrica Langage gas station in Plymouth – the first large power station to be built in the UK in five years.
With a capacity of 895MW, the Plympton-based station is currently supplying power to around one million homes and bringing high-pressure gas into the South West peninsula for the first time, creating infrastructure that could attract business and industry to the area.
Its proximity to a national park has meant the plant was designed to be visually unobtrusive and environmentally friendly. It has the lowest emissions of any gas-fired plant in the UK.
Charles Hendy said:
"Gas-fired power stations such as Langage have a major role to play as part of the balanced energy mix we want to see for this country.
The power station marks an important milestone in advancing the UK's energy security."
Centrica Langage is a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station, which means it is able to generate electricity at two stages. The first stage is through the use of a gas-fired turbine, which creates the great deal of heat used at the second stage to convert water into steam. The steam then drives a second turbine, which generates additional electricity.
Centrica now owns and runs eight gas-fired power stations in England and Wales, with a combined output of 4.2GW. Centrica Langage has been in commercial operation since March 2010.