Combined Cycle Gas Turbine

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th December 1990.

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Photo of Mr Peter Pike Mr Peter Pike , Burnley 12:00 am, 10th December 1990

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what representations his Department has received regarding proposals by National Power and PowerGen to generate electricity using the combined cycle gas turbine.

Photo of David Heathcoat-Amory David Heathcoat-Amory , Wells

My right hon. Friend has received a number of representations regarding applications by National Power and PowerGen for his consent to construct and operate individual CCGT stations.

Photo of Mr Peter Pike Mr Peter Pike , Burnley

Does the Minister believe that a national limit should be fixed for the amount of gas that can be used to generate electricity? Does he see any possibility of British Gas itself being able to generate electricity using this system?

Photo of David Heathcoat-Amory David Heathcoat-Amory , Wells

The use of fuels is a matter for the commercial judgment of the generators. There are substantial reserves of gas in the North sea and it is perfectly acceptable for some of that to be used to generate electricity, but a large share of the British energy market will continue to be provided by the burning of coal.