Massive blackout revives nuclear energy discussions in Taiwan

A blackout which affected around 6.6 million homes and businesses in Taiwan last week has revived discussions around nuclear energy. It was caused by a blunder at the nation’s biggest gas-fired power plant on 15th August, following which Economy Minister Chih-Kung Lee resigned. The incident at CPC Corporation’s Tatan power plant, which accounts for almost […]

Centrica starts building new back-up gas plant

Construction has started on Centrica’s new back-up power plant at Peterborough power station. The 50MW gas-fired facility is expected to play a key role in supporting local peaks in demand, producing enough electricity to power around 50,000 homes. It will operate as a ‘peaking plant’, able to go from a cold start to full power […]

South Australia to build giant battery storage unit and gas plant

The South Australian Government has unveiled plans to build a battery storage unit with a capacity of 100MW. It is expected to be Australia’s largest grid scale battery and is part of the state government’s A$550 million (£342m) energy plan. It is inviting interested national and international companies to build the system that will be […]

Siemens celebrates megaproject milestone in Egypt

The first phase of a megaproject in Egypt has been inaugurated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. According to Siemens, each of the three power plants, located at Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus, is set to become the biggest gas-fired combined cycle power station in the world. Together, they […]

Cash boost for Jordanian gas-fired plant

A combined cycle gas plant in Jordan has received a $290 million (£232m) boost. Two members of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, are backing the design, construction and operation of the 485MW plant. It is expected to generate enough electricity for 620,000 individual residential customers annually and add about […]

Renewables reach high while gas power hits 16 year-low

The amount of gas used for electricity generation was at its lowest in 16 years for the first quarter of the year, at just 23%. Quarterly energy statistics from DECC show coal was 37% and nuclear 18%. Meanwhile the share of renewables was boosted over the same period, from 12.4% in 2013 to 19.4% in […]

Speed up new gas plant at Coryton, minister begged

Plans for a new gas power station in Essex are being held back because investors won’t cough up until the project bags government subsidy. The dilemma was revealed by local MP Stephen Metcalfe yesterday in the House of Commons when he asked Energy Minister Michael Fallon to help avoid “unnecessary delay”. He said energy firm Intergen […]

New gas pipeline proposed for Derbyshire ex-coal plant

Plans for a new gas plant on the site of a demolished coal power station in Derbyshire took a step forward this week when energy generator npower applied to build a new gas pipeline to connect it to the grid. RWE npower submitted proposals to the Planning Inspectorate for the pipe to hook up the […]

Explosions hit Florida gas plant

A series of explosions hit a gas plant in Florida, USA late last night (03:00 GMT) injuring at least seven workers according to reports. Footage shows thick clouds of black smoke and a fire raging in the darkness as police and fire brigades try to contain it. It sounded like “bombs were going off” according […]

Chocks away! Gas plant proposed on WW2 airfield

A gas-fired power plant could be built on a former airfield used during World War Two. A new UK energy developer Progress Power wants to build the £200million plant on the Eye Airfield in Suffolk. Eye Airfield already hosts two wind turbines and the Eye chicken litter power plant and has an area the Mid-Suffolk […]