Wales chosen for H technology

A site in the UK could host the first combined cycle power plant featuring a GE H technology gas turbine following government approval of the project. GE Power Systems will construct the 500 MW plant near Swansea, south Wales, which is set to achieve efficiency levels of 60 per cent.

The secretary of state for trade and industry, Stephen Byers, confirmed his approval of the Baglan Energy Park project in April, citing the scheme`s impact on economic regeneration in the south Wales area as his main reason. The £300m ($486m) proposed project will now be submitted for local planning and environmental approval to receive its final consent, a process that could be complete within six weeks.

The power station will form the centre of the energy park where on-site companies will enjoy up to 30 per cent lower energy bills. GE is thought to have been keen to find a site for its first H system plant following sales that are conditional on a full demonstration of the advanced technology.

The Baglan Energy Park at BP-Amoco`s Baglan Bay chemical`s site is an initiative of the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and local councils aiming to attract investment and development in the area. The WDA is investing £4m in the first phase of development, which will be completed this year. The site already features an oil-fired power plant.