Gas Fired Power Stations

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of David Davies David Davies Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee, Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the length of time taken was to re-establish commercial levels of electricity supply from a mothballed gas fired plant to the National Grid.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

A report by independent energy consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff commissioned by the Department considers the timescales to mothball and return gas plant to service:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-assessment-of-the-operation-of-coal-gas-fired-plants.

The report indicates a restoration period between 2 and 90 days dependent on a number of factors including the type of plant, the period for which it has been mothballed and whether a major overall is required before a plant is returned to service.

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