Planned power plant in Wales ‘could supply 150k homes’

A planned gas-fired power station in Wales could generate power for 150,000 homes. That’s according to the site’s potential developer, Abergelli Power, which is owned by energy giant Drax Power. The firm hopes to build the rapid response open cycle gas turbine power station at a farm near Swansea. It says the £100 million project would […]

Finnish energy firm to deliver 60MW plant in West Africa

A Finnish energy firm is to deliver a 60MW power plant in West Africa. Wärtsilä’s project aims to provide electricity for the second phase of the Tasiast Mine expansion, taking place in Mauritania, West Africa. The plant will operate using six Wärtsilä 32TS engines and operate primarily on crude oil, with heavy and light fuel oils […]

New mandate sounds death knell for ‘third of EU coal’

A third of Europe’s existing coal capacity must retrofit or close to meet a new EU air quality mandate. That’s according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), which says the recently announced limits will mean 108 plants with a combined capacity of 187GW are likely to face costly upgrades or closure. Varying limits […]

Activists stop work at SE Asia’s biggest coal plant

Environmental protestors today stopped construction for 13 hours at Southeast Asia’s biggest planned coal plant. The activists, from green groups Greenpeace Indonesia, WALHI and Jatam, are demanding the Indonesian Government cancels the 2,000MW Batang coal power plant project and that the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) withdraws its financial support. Twelve of the environmentalists unfurled giant banners and occupied […]

Nuclear experts to streamline Welsh reactor

A partnership between two nuclear firms aims to ensure a new reactor in Wales becomes a world-leading facility. Exelon Generation, which specialises in nuclear safety and operational excellence, will help Horizon Nuclear Power develop an operating model for the Wylfa Newydd plant on Anglesey. A team of four Exelon specialists, with more than a century of collective experience, will work alongside Horizon’s growing […]

Biomass and peat power plant to remain open until 2030

Ireland’s planning board has given approval for the continued operation of the Edenderry power plant. It has an installed capacity of up to 128 MW of electricity, co-fired with peat and biomass and supplies about 2.5% of Ireland’s national requirement. It is operated by Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), a subsidiary of Bord na Móna. An […]

China ‘detains nine people’ over power plant accident

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Sierra Leone gets first independent power plant

Sierra Leone is to install its first independent power project, a 57MW heavy oil-fired plant. IFC, part of the World Bank Group, today announced it has committed $27 million (£22.2m) to support the project and mobilised a further $109 million (£90m) of funding from other institutions. The country’s power sector is suffering after decades of war, […]

IS suicide bombers ‘attack power plant in Iraq’

Islamic State (IS) militants reportedly attacked a power station in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk today. Reports claim at least 13 workers were killed when the suicide bombers stormed the facility and blew themselves up. It is believed to be aimed at diverting security forces from a massive offensive against IS-held city of Mosul. The […]

UK’s green bank invests £28m in rubbish-to-energy plant

The UK’s green bank has invested £28 million in a new energy-from-waste power plant in Scotland. The 14.1MW plant at Millerhill is the Green Investment Bank’s (GIB) 18th investment in the country. The £142 million facility has the capacity to process up to 155,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from local residents into 94,000MWh of electricity each year. It is expeced to help reduce greenhouse […]