Gas Fired Power Stations

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 6th September 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the average commercial lifespan of a new gas-fired power plant.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The expected commercial lifespan of a new gas plant is a matter for the owners of the plant and is not estimated by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The Department has recently published a reported by PB Power on the average expected technical lifetime, the number of years a plant might be expected to be able to operate, for a range of non-renewable plant. For Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plant this was estimated to be 30 years. The full report can be found on DECC's website at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/about-us/economics-social-research/2127-electricity-generation-cost-model-2011.pdf

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