Siemens AG has received a contract from National Power of Britain to build a 1,350-MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station at Didcot in Oxforshire, England. With a thermal efficency of approximately 56 percent, this will be the largest and most efficient plant in National Power`s portfolio.

This is the first major plant contract National Power has placed with Siemens. The turnkey contract, valued at more than (US)$600 million, calls for commercial operation to begin in 1997.

The new plant will be built alongside the 2,000-MW coal-fired power station at Didcot. This station is part of National Power`s program to increase its generating capacity to 5,000 MW of CCGT by the end of the decade.