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Most of Britain’s new energy capacity is gas or wind

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London, England — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 26 November 2010 – Britain needs to replace most of its ageing coal-fired and nuclear power plants over the next decade, but concerns over carbon emissions from coal-fired plants, and lengthy preparations for new nuclear reactors, means that most of the new capacity being built is gas or wind-sourced.

The following are projects that are either starting commercial operations or will begin producing electricity within the next 12 months:

DONG Energy started the first of two units at its 824-MW CCGT at Uskmouth, near Newport in South Wales. The second unit is due to follow later in November, a spokeswoman said.

Greater Gabbard and RWE have installed the first 55 turbines of their 500-MW offshore wind farm. The first electricity is expected to be produced before the end 2010, partner SSE said in its latest project update. The wind farm is expected to be completed in 2012.

Scottish Power, part of Spain’s Iberdrola, expects to start operating its 120-MW onshore wind farm in South Ayrshire in Scotland in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The last of four gas fired power units at the RWE 1 650 MW Staythorpe combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) began commercial operations this month.

E.ON UK said its 1 260-MW Isle of Grain combined heat and power plant would be fully operational in early 2011. The utility had previously said the plant would start operating by the end of the year, but it is currently undergoing commissioning and generating electricity as part of the testing process, a spokesman said.

First electricity at DONG Energy and Scottish and Southern Energy’s 367.2MW Walney offshore wind farm is expected in early 2011. The first phase will commission 183.6-MW of wind power capacity in the first half of 2011. The next phase will complete the offshore wind farm in the first half of 2012, SSE said in its latest update.

EDF Energy said it will start up its West Burton 1 300-MW CCGT power plant in 2011.

The civil and building works at the site are over 95% complete and over half of the mechanical and electrical installations of the three units have been added, the utility said.